chapter  1
What recovery? Whose recovery?
Recovery as a disputed approach
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This book critically interrogates the concept of recovery and the elements of the recovery approach, through exploring the way social inequalities shape the journeys of Chinese mental health service users in the UK. Recovery as a proposed new paradigm in the philosophy, management, and delivery of mental health services suggests a change from the dominant, pessimistic view of the possibility of recovery from severe mental health illness. The Social Perspectives Network's report shows how the recovery approach has both addressed and failed to address, issues of diversity such as gender, sexuality and ethnicity. Challenges in different areas of life include and go beyond mental health discrimination. The book considers Chinese service users in the UK what they are recovering from and where they are travelling to. This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts covered in the subsequent chapters of the book. The book consists of seven chapters.