A Matter of Power: Relationships between professionals and disabled service users

Cameron, Colin, Molloy-Graham, Joanne and Cameron, Maggie (2020) A Matter of Power: Relationships between professionals and disabled service users. In: The Routledge Handbook of Service User Involvement in Human Services Research and Education. Routledge International Handbooks . Taylor & Francis, London. ISBN 9781138360143, 9780429433306

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This chapter examines ways in which power distorts relationships between professionals and service users. It specifically discusses relationships between professionals and disabled service users. It draws on observations made by disabled service user representatives interviewed by Shaping Our Lives and by Joanne Molloy-Graham and Maggie Cameron. The focus is mainly on relations between professionals and disabled people in contexts of service user involvement in the evaluation, planning and co-production of health, education and social care services, though more incidental interactions will also be considered. The author comes from a social model perspective but also uses symbolic interactionist (SI) and structural symbolic interactionist (SSI) perspectives too. Core concepts within symbolic interactionism include, for example, symbols (words, looks, gestures), interactions, attitudes, socialisation, role-taking, reference groups, roles and definitions of situations. Structural symbolic interactionism places emphasis on the impact of social structures on social interactions.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L400 Social Policy
L500 Social Work
L900 Others in Social studies
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2020 16:07
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2022 03:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43515

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