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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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Inconvenient complications: on the heterogeneities of madness and their relationship to disability

Inconvenient complications: on the heterogeneities of madness and their relationship to disability

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(p.43) Three Inconvenient complications: on the heterogeneities of madness and their relationship to disability
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Madness, distress and the politics of disablement
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Nev Jones

Timothy Kelly

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447314578.003.0004

This chapter argues for the need, prior to considerations of greater collaboration between disability and mental health activists and scholars, to address the tremendous heterogeneity of experiences, backgrounds, and sociopolitical positions that fall under the service user/consumer/survivor umbrella. In particular, the authors stress the need to weigh the risks of (mis)representation (speaking for others with vastly different social and experiential backgrounds and needs) against the potential value of broader identity-based politics and coalitional efforts.

Keywords:   madness, disability, activism, service user, consumer, survivor, identity, heterogeneity

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