Making Policy for Whom? The significance of the ‘psychoanalytic medical humanities’ for policy and practice that affects the lives of disabled children

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This chapter considers the possible role of psychoanalysis in developing a theory of how oppression may be internalised by children during interactions with clinicians, social workers and researchers.

How can the clinical encounter become a space for reflection? Can oppressive dynamics within the clinical encounter be altered?

Psychoanalysis has often been viewed with suspicion within disability studies: this chapter explores what it might mean to become an ‘ambivalent advocate’ of psychoanalysis as a disability activist.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Disabled Children's Childhood Studies
EditorsKatherine Runswick-Cole, Tillie Curran, Kirsty Liddiard
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-54446-9
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-54445-2
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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