Co-producing social inclusion: the structure/agency conundrum

Andrew Clifton, Julie Repper, David Banks, Jennifer Remnant

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Abstract

There is a raft of policy guidelines indicating that mental health nurses should be increasing the social inclusion of mental health service users. Despite this there is no universally accepted definition of social inclusion and there is a dearth of empirical evidence on the successful outcome of increasing inclusion for mental health service users. Recognizing the lack of clarity surrounding the concept we have a produced a social inclusion framework to assist mental health professionals and service users to co-produce social inclusive outcomes. Although we agree that social inclusion can be a positive aspect of recovery, we question the extent to which mental health nurses and service users in co-production can overcome the social, economic and political structures that have created the social exclusion in the first place. An understanding and appreciation of the structure/agency conundrum is required if mental health nurses are to engage with service users in an attempt to co-produce socially inclusive outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)514-524
JournalJournal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013

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