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Fish, field, habitus and madness: the first wave mental health users movement in Great Britain

Journal/Book: Brit J Sociol. 1999; 50: 11 New Fetter Lane, London EC4P 4Ee, England. Routledge. 647-670.

Abstract: This paper traces and explains the emergence of the mental health users movement in Great Britain, focusing specifically upon the formation of the Mental Patients Union in the early 1970s. The analysis presented in the paper draws, to some extent, from conventional movement theory. In addition, however, it draws from the work of Pierre Bourdieu. This represents an innovation in movement analysis and the necessity of this innovation is argued for in an early section,of the paper.

Note: Article Crossley N, Univ Manchester, Dept Sociol, Manchester, Lancs, ENGLAND

Keyword(s): social movements; user movement; mental health; habitus; field; Bourdieu; SOCIAL-MOVEMENTS

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