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Collective Deliberations and Hearts on Fire: Experiential Knowledge Among Entrepreneurs and Organisations in the Mental Health Service User Movement
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8755-3710
2020 (English)In: VOLUNTAS - International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, ISSN 0957-8765, E-ISSN 1573-7888Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Previous research has shown that experiential knowledge plays an important role for service user movements and has also discussed ambiguities in the definition of this type of knowledge. This study contributes to clarifying how experiential knowledge is understood within the service user movement. Through semi-structured interviews, it explores how Swedish mental health service user organisations (MHSUOs) and service user entrepreneurs (SUEs) regard the role of experiential knowledge for their endeavours. The study shows that SUEs and MHSUOs view experiential knowledge as complementary to established medical and expert knowledge. Both groups further reflect on the functions of individual and collective dimensions of experiential knowledge. Emotions are important in conveying experiential knowledge, although emotional commitment can be short-lived. The study discusses challenges for SUEs and MHSUOs in developing strategies to manage risks tied to strategic essentialism, and also in maintaining a critical standpoint towards established service providers.

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Springer, 2020.
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Mental health, Service user organisation, Service user entrepreneur, Experiential knowledge
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-170986DOI: 10.1007/s11266-020-00233-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-170986DiVA, id: diva2:1431373
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2015-00414Available from: 2020-05-20 Created: 2020-05-20 Last updated: 2020-05-20

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