The COVID-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter movement and renewed action against climate change all highlight the increasing gulf between narrowly based dominant political ideologies and popular demands for social justice, global health, environmentalism and human rights.
This book examines for the first time the exclusionary nature of prevailing political ideologies. Bringing together theory, practice and the relationship between participation, political ideology and social welfare, it offers a detailed critique of how the crucial move to more participatory approaches may be achieved.
It is concerned with valuing people’s knowledge and experience in relation to ideology, exploring its conventional social construction including counter ideology and the ideological underpinnings and relations of participation. It also offers a practical guide for change.
"This book is both challenging and inspiring. As always, Peter Beresford’s passion for change, and profound understanding of what true “involvement” means, will help anyone striving for social justice to pause and reflect." Polly Neate, Shelter
"Peter Beresford offers a thought-provoking critical introduction to political ideology and public policy full of relevant provocations for triggering dialogue and debate. His engaging style takes the reader from deeply personal, reflexive conversations outwards to draw on an eclectic range of ideas and experience for making participation real. An excellent key text for any course in critical thinking.” Lee Gregory, University of Birmingham
"Who shapes the values, norms, ideologies that affect our lives? Exploring this critical but often overlooked question, this book makes a path-breaking contribution to the rich literature on popular participation and knowledge creation." John Gaventa, Institute of Development Studies
Peter Beresford OBE is Visiting Professor at the University of East Anglia and Co-Chair of Shaping Our Lives, the user led organisation and network as a long term user of mental health services. He has a longstanding track record of work in the field of participation and citizen involvement as academic, service user, researcher, educator and activist.
Part 1: Exploring Ideology;
Ideology: An Exclusionary Idea?;
Ideology and Us;
Part 2: Reclaiming Participation;
A Different Approach to Ideology;
Participation: Challenging the Barriers;
Part 3: Towards Participatory Ideology;
Learning to Work Together: The Key to Inclusive Involvement;
Developing our Own Organisations;
Key Concepts to Participatory Ideology;
Transforming Political Ideology.