We are pleased to announce the publication this week of a special issue of Critical and Radical Social Work journal on the theme of Psychopolitics in the Twenty First Century. The special issue was inspired by the conference of the same name, which was co-sponsored by SWAN, at Liverpool Hope University in June 2015.
 
                                             
 
The special issue features articles or reviews from leading SWAN activists and supporters Peter Beresford and Ann Davis, as well as notable figures in the mental health field such as David Pilgrim and Diana Rose. The papers explore a range of themes including politics and social movements in mental health, Mad Studies, anti-psychiatry, critical perspectives on mental health policy and strategies of resistance to welfare reform. There are also articles from activist and consciousness raising groups involved in mental health campaigning from Critical Voices Network Ireland and reVision to Psychologists Against Austerity.
 
The full contents list and links to papers are available here: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/tpp/crsw/2016/00000004/00000003 
 
Please email Rich at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like further information about the special issue, subscribing to this journal or accessing individual articles. 
 
Guest editors of the special issue: Rich Moth, Helen Spandler, Mick McKeown and Joe Greener
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