Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Service user entrepreneurs and claims to authority: a case study in the mental health area
Department of Social Work, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, Centre for Social Work - CESAR. (EmoJI)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4540-5373
Department of Social Work, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.
2019 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Mental health service user movements have historically to a large extent employed collective forms of mobilisation, where people with service user experience have joined in formal organisations or informal groups. Currently, expressions of service user engagement are changing, and we can now observe the growth of more individualised expressions, often enacted online. This article introduces the concept ?service user entrepreneur? (SUE), that relates to this development. SUEs are individuals with service user experience who have made a career of their engagement in mental health issues. Based on their individual narratives of mental ill-health, SUEs often express themselves in participatory media, hold lectures and write books on the subject. The aim of this article is to examine how SUEs in their communication establish authority. Applying case study methodology, we follow four Swedish SUEs involved in mental health issues and analyse their communication primarily in digital arenas. Intimate personal narratives, mobilisation of collectives and institutional perspectives constitute authority sources for SUEs. Balancing individual and collective narratives as well as maintaining a desirable level of vulnerability is a continuous effort. How SUEs manage these issues is further discussed.

Abstract [sv]

Brukarrörelser på området psykisk ohälsa har till stor del använt sig av kollektiva former för mobilisering, där personer med brukarerfarenhet slutit sig samman i formella organisationer eller i informella grupper. På senare år har brukarengagemanget genomgått förändringar och vi kan idag se framväxten av mer individualiserade former som ofta tar sig uttryck online. Denna artikel introducerar i det sammanhanget begreppet ‘brukarentreprenör’. Brukarentreprenörer är individer med brukarerfarenhet som har skapat en karriär genom sitt engagemang i frågor som rör psykisk ohälsa. Med grund i sina individuella narrativ om psykisk ohälsa framträder brukarentreprenörer ofta i sociala medier, håller föreläsningar och skriver böcker om ämnet. Syftet med denna artikel är att undersöka hur brukarentreprenörer i sin kommunikation etablerar auktoritet. Med fallstudie som metodologisk ansats följer vi fyra svenska brukarentreprenörer som ägnar sig åt frågor som rör psykisk ohälsa och analyserar deras kommunikation, primärt på digitala arenor. Intima personliga narrativ, mobilisering av kollektiv och institutionella perspektiv är centrala källor till auktoritet för brukarentreprenörer. Att balansera individuella och kollektiva narrativ, men även att upprätthålla en önskvärd grad av sårbarhet, utgör en kontinuerlig strävan.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge , 2019.
Keywords [en]
mental health, service user entrepreneur, authority, social media
Keywords [sv]
psykisk ohälsa, brukarentreprenör, auktoritet, sociala medier
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work; Sociology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-402460DOI: 10.1080/13691457.2019.1580249OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-402460DiVA, id: diva2:1385839
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2015-00414Available from: 2020-01-15 Created: 2020-01-15 Last updated: 2020-01-21Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(1531 kB)16 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 1531 kBChecksum SHA-512
278f525d4cc29e48543294520e28731c2d022c9e99b3e8933f491663099b436b0385812b0135dca1039e1540f28dcd242f161453d2ac537fa6b3f18e925bfb16
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Other links

Publisher's full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Sjöström, Stefan
By organisation
Centre for Social Work - CESAR
In the same journal
European Journal of Social Work
Social Work

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 16 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

doi
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
urn-nbn
Total: 15 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf