Partner: Dr Elianna Fetterolf, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philosophy working on the collaborative research project ‘Therapeutic Conflicts: Co-Producing Meaning in Mental Health’ (Principal Investigator: Edward Harcourt), Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford; Research Associate, Keble College, Oxford
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Key Words: Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Mental Health and Mental Illness
Resident in: UK; Working in: UK; Area(s) of Interest in VBP: Research/philosophy, Services/person-centered, Services/teamwork; Related Area(s) of Interest: Ethics; Area(s) of healthcare expertise: None
Brief Description of Work: Words like service-user empowerment and co-production imply an aspiration to symmetry in the relationship between clinicians and service-users in UK mental health policy. Why has this aspiration amounted to little in practice? Drawing on the work of feminist philosophers examining how features of real-life contexts, e.g., power relations, can impair or enhance the production of shared meanings and knowledge, I am theorizing the difference between symmetric and asymmetric conditions for the production of meaning and knowledge between clinicians and service-users. The aim is to assess the scope and limits of the aspiration to relational symmetry in the delivery of mental health services.
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