chapter  7
Reading the Silences
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Corrigan argues that all of us experience social relations and hold certain ideas which do not accord with the dominant images of society. They constitute a different knowledge repertoire which he describes as quiet, implicit and prismatic. "Given a different eliciting context (this different knowledge) can be vocalized, concretized and, above all, acted upon" (1987: 23). The legislation committee made spaces in which aspects of consumerlsurvivor knowledge repertoires could be brought forward, spaces in which mental health professionals were introduced to these repertoires. These occurrences injected different and frequently oppositional forms of knowledge into a dominant form. The responses which mental health professionals had to these (delegitimated) survivor knowledge/s can be understood in part as a variation of "fear of theory" (Simon, 1992).