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Recovery: experiences of resistance to disablism

Journal article
Authors Ann-Charlott Timander
Anders Möller
Published in Disability & Society
Volume 31
Issue 8
Pages 1050-1063
ISSN 0968-7599
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Social Work
Pages 1050-1063
Language en
Keywords recovery, oppression, identity, mental distress, disablism
Subject categories Disability research


This article explores whether it is fruitful to use a service user/survivor approach to recovery, by seeing recovery as survival of social invalidation. That is survival of the psychosocial forces that were the source of the experience of mental distress, and as survival of social opression by the psychiatric services and/or wider society. It could be argued that the participants in this study in the United Kingdom and Sweden recovered and reclaimed and (re)constructed positive identities. They actively resisted experiences of disablism and rebuilt their lives. By approaching recovery from a serivce user/survivor perspective, one is focusing on the social, structural and political aspects of the recovery process, and one is resisting biomedical, deviant and reductionist notions of recovery.

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