Making Policy for Whom? The Significance of the ‘Psychoanalytic Medical Humanities’ for Policy and Practice That Affects the Lives of Disabled Children

  • Harriet Cooper


  • 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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  • Harriet Cooper
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  1. 1.University of East AngliaNorwichUK

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