Towards hybridization: the roles of Swedish non-profit organizations within mental health
2013 (English)In: VOLUNTAS - International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, ISSN 0957-8765, E-ISSN 1573-7888, Vol. 24, no 4, 917-934 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In many parts of the Western world, interventions for people with mental illness have radically changed in recent decades. In the deinstitutionalized system of today, the role for non-profit organizations is generally characterized by dual goals: political advocacy and service provision. Here, the role and function of the user movement in the Swedish mental health system is examined through a case study of all local branches of the largest non-profit organization within the Swedish mental health field. The empirical material consisted of annual reports from all local branches, and was analysed through two analytical schemes, concerning voice/service and conflict/consensus. The analysis pointed to a user movement that still retained the basic ideas of peer support and mutual aid, but were also increasingly being asked by formal service providers to represent the need of users. A hybrid organization category, a ‘Social Movement Peer Organization’, was identified that where social recreational activities are combined with local political advocacy.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2013. Vol. 24, no 4, 917-934 p.
mental health, user movement, non-profit organizations
Research subject Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-61652DOI: 10.1007/s11266-012-9287-8ISI: 000325478800001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-61652DiVA: diva2:571311