Making Policy for Whom? The Significance of the ‘Psychoanalytic Medical Humanities’ for Policy and Practice That Affects the Lives of Disabled Children
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.
I am grateful for the financial support from Birkbeck’s Institutional Strategic Support Funding from the Wellcome Trust, which enabled me to research and write this chapter.
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