‘Diagnosis human’: Markets, targets and medicalisation in community mental health services

Moth, Rich (2014) ‘Diagnosis human’: Markets, targets and medicalisation in community mental health services. In: Mental Health. Radical and Critical Debates in Social Work . Policy Press, Bristol, pp. 65-69. ISBN 978-1447316176

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Jeremy Weinstein has argued that three processes: managerialism, marketisation and medicalisation are reshaping contemporary mental health practice. This chapter will seek to expand on their nature, dynamics and interaction within community mental health services in England. The discussion will begin with an overview of the form taken by managerialism and marketisation in mental health services. This is followed by an outline of the mechanisms through which front line practice is medicalised and its impact on social workers, other mental health practitioners and service users. The chapter will then go on to briefly examine risk, and conclude with consideration of the prospects for resistance to the neoliberal restructuring of the mental health field.

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Social Work, Care and Justice (up to 31st December 2017)
Depositing User: Rich Moth
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2016 15:55
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2017 18:35
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1723

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