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Knowledge in policyEmbodied, inscribed, enacted$
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Richard Freeman and Steve Sturdy

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447309987

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447309987.001.0001

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Seeing knowledge in mental health in Scotland

Seeing knowledge in mental health in Scotland

(p.21) TWO Seeing knowledge in mental health in Scotland
Knowledge in policy

Jennifer Smith-Merry

Policy Press

Almost all policy studies must begin by describing the domain with which they are concerned. This chapter applies the ‘embodied, inscribed, enacted’ heuristic to mental health in Scotland, showing how it provides a basis on which to characterize the mobilisation of knowledge in a specific policy context. In this instance, one of its most significant effects is to render visible the embodied knowledge of practitioners and service users. The ‘enacted’ component of the schema is shown to set the framework apart from other attempts to categorise knowledge, and it is the perpetual processing or enactment of knowledge in consultations, evaluations and working groups which distinguishes mental health policy in Scotland.

Keywords:   knowledge, policy, embodied inscribed enacted, mental health, mental health policy, Scotland

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