Sharon LeFevre (1953-1999): self-harm and the ethics of testimony

Cresswell, M (2020) 'Sharon LeFevre (1953-1999): self-harm and the ethics of testimony.' Journal of Ethics in Mental Health, 11. ISSN 1916-2405

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This article remembers the activism of Sharon LeFevre, a ‘psychiatric survivor’ activist of the late 1990s. LeFevre focused mainly on the issue of self-harm. The article contextualizes her activism within British social movement politics and then discusses it in terms of three contributions: first to the theory of self-harm; second to the ethics of the professional-service user relationship; and third to the politics of ‘testimony’. Testimony refers to the use of the personal experience of suffering as a form of political intervention. Although LeFevre’s activism was provocative, controversial, and even paradoxical, the article argues that it was significant in its time and remains relevant today for the resources it provides to critique contemporary psychiatry, particularly the treatment of self-harm.

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Keywords: self-harm, survivor, testimony
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: School of Sciences
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Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2020 16:46
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2021 09:54
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