Critical Perspectives on User Involvement

A Right Book For Your Xmas

Urgent message from Phil Ruthen

He is the head of Advocacy and Personalization Department of Cooltan Arts


Dear Colleagues,

If during the festive season The Royle Family doesn’t live up to expectations (again), or the latest bestselling thriller fails to thrill, reach forCritical Perspectives on User Involvement’…. guaranteed to interest. Please do alert the virtual world within SLaM, and beyond. With all best wishes, Phil


Now available: 

Critical Perspectives on User Involvement

edited by Marian Barnes and Phil Cotterell, published  by Policy Press of Bristol.

‘A textual watershed toward the advancement of our place and voices in the history and formation of politics, culture and the social-scientific domains’

[Phil Ruthen, CoolTan Arts; former Chair, Survivors’ Poetry; independent researcher; a contributor to the article in Part one: ‘User movements: Survivors History Group takes a critical look at historians.’]

“Compulsory reading for anyone who’s serious about research or transforming services to deliver authentic person-centred support. This book offers a unique opportunity to learn from the accumulated experience and expertise of leading service user researchers and activists along with practitioner collaborators and academic allies.”

[Sarah Carr, Social Care Institute for Excellence, London and Staffordshire University]

About This Book

Drawing on contributions from user activists and academic researchers, this topical reader provides a critical stock take of the state of user involvement. It considers different contexts in which such involvement is taking place and includes diverse and sometimes conflicting perspectives on the issues involved. This original and insightful critique will be an important resource for students studying health and social care and social work, researchers and user activists.”


Purchasers should telephone Marston on 01235 465655 or email with their request. For more information and an order form click here.

The full price of the paperback version is £26.99.
P/B: £26.99 ISBN 978 1 84742 750 2  H/B: £65.00 ISBN 978 1 84742 751 9

N.B. NSUN members have been offered a 40% discount on this publication. To purchase a copy at the reduced rate you need to quote the code: PPCP11 between now and the end of January 2012. The cost will be £16.20.


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