Constructing community to achieve citizenship using recognition theory, recovery and citizenship as a reflective lens: experiences from the US and Scotland

Ailsa Stewart, Karen Black, Patricia Benedict, Victoria Benson

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    This paper explores the usefulness of recognition theory, recovery and citizenship in explaining constructions of community by adults who have experienced life disruptions participating in similar Citizenship programs in the US and Scotland. A content analysis of secondary data was undertaken and focus groups held with recent graduates of both programs. The findings indicate that constructions of community aligned significantly with aspects of identity and common experience rather than location. Moving towards an identity framed by assets rather than deficits, was further identified, which reflects the need for recognition to be extended by communities that are well informed and non-discriminatory in their attitudes towards those with life disruptions to promote inclusion and connectedness. Interventions at the level of community development and engagement are therefore crucial in promoting inclusion and increasing citizenship for marginalized groups; alongside the role of social movements and public policy in tackling stigma and discriminatory attitudes. Uniquely, within this project, a theoretical framework that combined elements of recognition theory, recovery and citizenship emerged that best explained the experience of those with life disruptions and provided direction for a future focus on community development as well as recovery and citizenship oriented practice.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages234-250
    Number of pages17
    JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation
    Volume20
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2017

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    Lenses
    Social Planning
    citizenship
    Public Policy
    community
    experience
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    Focus Groups
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    Social Movements
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    public policy
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    Keywords

    • life disruption
    • recovery
    • citizenship
    • recognition

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