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Unequal partners

Unequal partners
User groups and community care

Author/Editor(s):
Marian Barnes, Stephen Harrison, Maggie Mort, Polly Shardlow
Format:
Paperback, 120 pages, 234 x 156 mm
ISBN
9781861340566
Published:
10 Feb 1999

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North America customers can order this book here from the University of Chicago Press.

"... could provoke some very uncomfortable reflection in the education and training field."
Social Work Education

About This Book

Self-organised user groups of social and health care services are playing an increasingly significant part within systems of local governance. Based on detailed empirical work looking at the user and 'official' perspective, this report includes studies of user groups and officials in two policy areas - mental health and disability. The authors examine both the strategies user groups adopt to seek their objectives, and explore conceptual issues relating to notions of consumerism and citizenship. Unequal partners thus contributes to our understanding of the role of user self-organisation in empowering people as consumers, and in enabling excluded people to become 'active' citizens. The authors discuss the way in which self-organisation may be supported without being controlled by officials in statutory agencies, highlighting the need to understand and distinguish between user self-organisation and user involvement. The report concludes that if policy makers are genuinely committed to greater user involvement in design, planning and delivery of services, then user self-organisation needs to be both encouraged and supported materially, without being 'captured' or incorporated into management. The research points to the significance of 'user groups' in challenging the exclusion of disabled citizens from all aspects of social, economic, political and cultural life. Unequal partners is essential reading for health and social care policy makers and practitioners, lobby and pressure groups, students and academics in health and social policy and local government studies, and users.

Contents

The policy context
The research
Advocacy and joint working: a mental health case study
Implementing the social model of disability - after the honeymoon
Consumers and citizens
Conclusion.


 

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