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Title: Views on community care for people with mental health problems : a discourse analysis of argument and accountability in a Scottish community
Author: Cowan, Susan Jane
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1997
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In this study a discourse analytic approach was used to explore the views expressed about community care for people with mental health problems in a 'hot situation'. Specifically, people's views were explored by examining the ways in which they were expressed when arguing for or against a supported accommodation project for mentally ill people in their community. Three main data sources were used. These were; written texts, comprising letters written to the local press by objectors and supporters of the project, and a written statement compiled by objectors; group discussions held with the writers of these documents; and interviews with representatives of the organisation setting up the project. The analysis was concerned with both the topics and form of argumentation. Objectors to the supported accommodation project constructed their views around a number of argumentative topics which they characterised as issues of public concern. These were: the lack of prior consultation with local people and the secrecy they claimed surrounded the plans for the supported accommodation project; the claimed unsuitability of the project's location; and the type of tenants who would take up residence there. Supporters criticised objectors for their oppositional stance and expressed their views on the issues raised by objectors in formulating their case against the project. Supporters also constructed arguments around broader issues such as human rights. It was noteworthy however that there was no specific argument in favour of community care in this particular community. In the course of arguing either for or against the supported accommodation project, participants constructed a number of different versions of people with mental health problems. In addition they formulated their arguments in such a way as to attend to various issues of accountability and to protect their arguments from potential rebuttal.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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