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Marketing ‘Madness’: Conceptualising service user/survivor biographies in a period of deinstitutionalisation (1975–2014)

Macdonald, Stephen J, Charnock, Anne and Scutt, Jane (2018) Marketing ‘Madness’: Conceptualising service user/survivor biographies in a period of deinstitutionalisation (1975–2014). Disability & Society, 33 (6). pp. 849-865. ISSN 0968-7599

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This article aims to present the lived experiences of psychiatric service users/survivors who have experienced the transition from institutional care in the 1970s and 1980s to community care services in the 1990s and post-2000s. By using a biographical narrative approach the study compares service users’ historical experiences with their contemporary experiences of community and residential care. Sixteen biographical narratives were analysed to explore how mental health services have changed over time, from the perspective of service users/survivors, their families and mental health practitioners. The study examines how the closure of NHS mental hospitals in the 1980s, which were replaced in the 1990s with new types of community and residential care services, has changed the lives of service users/survivors. Thus, the article presents these lived biographical experiences which, for the majority of service users/survivors, were defined by the process of trans-institutionalisation rather than de-institutionalisation, within a neoliberal context.

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Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2018 15:22
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2019 16:07


Author: Stephen J Macdonald ORCID iD
Author: Anne Charnock
Author: Jane Scutt

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Faculty of Education and Society
Faculty of Education and Society > School of Social Sciences


Social Sciences > Community and Youth Work
Social Sciences > Criminology
Social Sciences > Health and Social Care
Social Sciences > Sociology

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