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Madness, distress and the politics of disablement$
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Helen Spandler, Helen Spandler, Jill Anderson, and Bob Sapey

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447314578

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447314578.001.0001

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What we talk about when we talk about disability: making sense of debates in the European user/survivor movement

What we talk about when we talk about disability: making sense of debates in the European user/survivor movement

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Madness, distress and the politics of disablement
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Jasna Russo

Debra Shulkes

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447314578.003.0003

Drawing on their personal experiences, the authors reflect on how the notion of disability is discussed in the European political movement of people who have undergone psychiatric treatment. They observe that in those discussions, several very different notions of disability tend to intermingle, which often makes them controversial and emotionally charged. The chapter distinguishes between three levels at which ‘disability’ impacts on users/survivors of psychiatry and argues for the need to give due recognition to each of them. These are personal identity and the right to name one’s own experience; securing state support in the face of economic hardship; and accessing human rights and taking joint political action.

Keywords:   activism, psychiatry, disability, identity, economic hardship, human rights, political action

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