Service user/survivor-led research in mental health: epistemological possibilities

Diana Rose*

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This paper considers possible epistemologies for user-led and survivor research by drawing on four discourses: the mainstream English tradition, Canadian Mad Studies, critical theory more generally and feminist standpoint epistemology. It discusses general, universalising epistemologies, the extent to which these characterise the discourses at stake and the problems with knowledge claims that rest on such singular conceptualisations. The institutional and political concomitants are considered. The paper has an additional double aim: to engage with survivor scholarship around critical theory and to insert that scholarship into the field of critical theory itself in a novel manner.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)773-789
Number of pages17
JournalDisability and Society
Issue number6
Early online date16 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2017


  • epistemology
  • Mental health
  • praxis
  • service user and survivor led research


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