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Politics of recognition: what can a human rights perspective contribute to understanding users' experiences of involvement in mental health services?

By Lydia Lewis


This historically situated, UK-based review of New Labour's human rights and mental health policy following the 1998 Human Rights Act (HRA) and 2007 Mental Health Act (MHA), draws on Klug's identification of three waves of human rights. These occurred around the American and French Revolutions, after World War II, and following the collapse of state communism in 1989, and the article assesses impacts on mental health policy up to and including the New Labour era. It critiques current equality and rights frameworks in mental health and indicates how they might be brought into closer alignment with third wave principles

Topics: JC, RA
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Year: 2009
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