Collaborative Ethnographic Working in Mental Health: Knowledge, Power and Hope in an Age of Bureaucratic Accountability

Author:   Neil Armstrong
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
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9780367722937


Pages:   180
Publication Date:   07 December 2023
Format:   Hardback
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Collaborative Ethnographic Working in Mental Health seeks to chart a new direction for research into mental healthcare, with the aim of creating the conditions for more productive interdisciplinary dialogue. People involved in mental health often fail to recognise how they are described by researchers from the humanities and social sciences, which inhibits productive collaboration. This book seeks to address this problem, by including clinicians and patients in the research process and by shifting attention away from power and knowledge and towards the organisational context. It explores how clinical thinking and behaviour, illness experience, and clinical relationships are all shaped by the bureaucratic context. In particular, it examines tensions between what we want from mental healthcare and how accountable bureaucracies actually work, and proposes that mental healthcare research should not just evaluate new interventions but should investigate new ways of organising. This book is written with a non-specialist audience in mind, as it is intended for all with a stake in mental healthcare research and practice. It is also for those with an interest in ethnographic methods, as a novel way of deploying ethnography, autoethnography and coproduced ethnography to address clinically important research topics.

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Author:   Neil Armstrong
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Routledge
Weight:   0.508kg
ISBN:  

9780367722937


ISBN 10:   0367722933
Pages:   180
Publication Date:   07 December 2023
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Tertiary & Higher Education ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

1. Everybody Knows About Mental Health 2. What Does it Mean to Know About Mental Healthcare? 3. No Mental Healthcare Without Mental Healthcare Institutions 4. Bipolar: The Beautiful Opponent with Catriona Watson 5. Learning to be Ill, Learning to be Well 6. Untethered with Hugh Palmer 7. Us and Them: Why Nobody Wins with Rowan Jones Conclusion

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"""Each chapter has a clear message and offers conceptual insight unmasked by anthropologists’ usual convoluted prose. The focus on bureaucracy in practice, and its internal effects, has wide implications for clinical research, opening the lid on that which is neglected in usual intervention-focused studies. In this sense, the book is a major cross-disciplinary bridge-building contribution. Indeed, I think the book makes clear in a way that few others have, why ethnographic research is important to getting to the heart of contemporary dilemmas in psychiatric care; especially by taking seriously the everyday experience and representational practices of patients and staff. The book avoids polarising debate around psychiatry, and taking a fresh viewpoint provides a common platform of shared concern about real challenges."" -- David Mosse, Professor of Social Anthropology, SOAS, University of London, UK"


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Neil Armstrong is a medical anthropologist. He is a Fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford and Research Associate at Kings College London, UK. He is also a former psychiatric patient.

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