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Towards the emancipation of patientsPatients' experiences and the patient movement$
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Charlotte Williamson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427458

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427458.001.0001

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(p.47) Four Radicalisation
Towards the emancipation of patients

Charlotte Williamson

Policy Press

This chapter examines the founding of six radical patient groups between 1960 and 1998, and the radicalisation of two individual radical patient activists. It traces the history of the patient groups including the Association for Improvements in Maternity Services (AIMS), the National Association for the Welfare of Children in Hospital (NAWCH), and the Bristol Survey Support Group (BSSG), and describes the experiences of Jean Robinson and Mitzi Blennerhassett, two prominent figures in patient activism. The chapter discusses the conditions necessary for radicalisation and suggests that the conditions which led to the radicalisation of the patient activists described here are like those that lead to the awakening or development of oppositional consciousness in recognised emancipation movements.

Keywords:   patient groups, radical patient activists, Jean Robinson, Mitzi Blennerhassett, patient activism, radicalisation, emancipation movements, AIMS, NAWCH, BSSG

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