Challenging Dominant Discourses: Peer Work as Social Justice Work

Stacey L. Barrenger, Victoria Stanhope, Kendall Atterbury

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    Abstract

    People with mental illnesses are overrepresented in the criminal justice system, and discourses concerning the medical model, criminalization, and criminality dominate the intervention landscape for this population. Using a critical postmodern lens, 45 in-depth interviews with peer specialists who had incarceration histories were analyzed to understand how they approach their work. Peer specialists with incarceration histories constructed new identities through their training and peer work by valuing experiential knowledge. Even in the face of power differentials, they challenged dominant discourses directly and indirectly and advocated for various forms of help for the people with whom they worked.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1-21
    Number of pages21
    JournalJournal of Progressive Human Services
    DOIs
    StateAccepted/In press - Dec 2 2017

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    Keywords

    • Critical postmodernism
    • dominant discourses
    • incarceration
    • mental illness
    • peer specialists

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
    • Sociology and Political Science

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    Challenging Dominant Discourses : Peer Work as Social Justice Work. / Barrenger, Stacey L.; Stanhope, Victoria; Atterbury, Kendall.

    In: Journal of Progressive Human Services, 02.12.2017, p. 1-21.

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    Barrenger, Stacey L. ; Stanhope, Victoria ; Atterbury, Kendall. / Challenging Dominant Discourses : Peer Work as Social Justice Work. In: Journal of Progressive Human Services. 2017 ; pp. 1-21.
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