Service users, authority, power and protest: a call for renewed activism

Lakeman, Richard, McGowan, Patrick, and Walsh, Jim (2007) Service users, authority, power and protest: a call for renewed activism. Mental Health Practice, 11 (4). pp. 12-16.

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The 'service user movement' is commonly understood to have its inception during the 1960s, a period which saw unprecedented interest in and collective action to secure human rights and equality for various groups. From within psychiatry, David Cooper, Ronald Laing, Thomas Szasz and Franco Basaglia, among others, questioned the way in which psychiatry was practised and some experimented with alternative approaches. From outside, scholars such as Michel Foucault and Erving Goffman assisted in mounting and popularising a critique of institutional psychiatry. The anti-psychiatry movement and other human rights movements of the time served as catalysts for the 'survivor' and 'service user' movements in the 1970s and 1980s. These movements shared an interest in protesting human rights abuses perpetrated by psychiatry, securing reform and advocating a radical rethink of the way psychiatry conceived of problems and treated people.

Item ID: 44100
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 2047-895X
Keywords: patients, empowerment, attitudes and perceptions, self help groups
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Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2016 02:55
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