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Delivering experiential knowledge: repertoires of contention among Swedish mental health service user organisations
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8755-3710
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6330-5640
2019 (English)In: Nordic Social Work Research, ISSN 2156-857X, E-ISSN 2156-8588Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to map the field of Swedish mental health service user organisations (MHSUOs) with a focus on organisational characteristics, positions and relationships. This mapping enables us to discuss these organisations’ repertoires of contention and their connections to governmental actors. Annual reports, organisational by-laws, and financial reports were collected for each of the 12 MHSUOs and the two network organisations that were included in the study. The empirical material was analysed according to the organisations’ size, activities, target groups, relationships and main knowledge base. Developments towards professionalization and hybridisation are evident within the field, and repertoires of contention are focused on advocacy and educational activities, with organisations providing experiential knowledge as a service to external actors. We further discuss how close ties to governmental actors and a consensus-oriented approach is related to risks of failure in recognising the conflicts that social mobilisation presupposes. It is crucial to strengthen MHSUOs independence, financial and otherwise, in order for these organisations to remain responsive to demands from the collective of service users.

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Routledge, 2019.
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Mental health, service user organisation, hybridisation, experiential knowledge
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-156997DOI: 10.1080/2156857X.2019.1583599OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-156997DiVA, id: diva2:1293400
Available from: 2019-03-04 Created: 2019-03-04 Last updated: 2019-03-15

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