Madness, Violence, and Power opens up new thinking and engages fresh evidence and standpoints to challenge conventional understandings of the relation between mental health service users/survivors and violence. The collection calls into question prevailing discussions which position such service users/survivors as more likely to enact violence or become victims of violence. Instead, it helps to broaden understandings of violence manifest in their diverse lives.
Drawing on both experiential and research knowledge, Madness, Violence, and Power explores the impacts of systems and institutions that manage "abnormality" and creates space to explore the role of our own communities in perpetuating violence through justice, public policy, and political processes. It invites an interdisciplinary and inclusive conversation that engages all of us, going beyond current biomedical and neuro-scientific preoccupations.
About the Editors:
Andrea Daley is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Renison University College (affiliated with University of Waterloo).
Peter Beresford is Professor of Citizen Participation at the University of Essex, England, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at Brunel University London, and Co-Chair of Shaping Our Lives, the UK service user and disabled people’s organization and network.
Lucy Costa is Deputy Executive Director of The Empowerment Council, an independent service user rights-based organization in Toronto, Canada.