How we will collate or analyse the interviews

We will use a method called ‘Critical Discourse Analysis’ . This sounds technical, but its advantage is that it’s flexible. A central concept is power. So, we will look to see how people position themselves in relation to other people, organisations, activities, and arguments. Do they endorse, criticise, analyse, or a combination of these?

Another important issue is: which discourses, or arguments do people draw upon and how do they do this. Examples of ‘discourses’ are psy-(chiatric), discourses based on notions of rights, narratives which emphasise the importance of survivor experience, discussions of survivor research, user-controlled research and historical issues, or those around advocacy or protest. Again, interviewees may align themselves with these discourses or take a critical position, they may contrast or contest one against another, or tell how they began and moved from one position to another.

We also want to know what ‘key moments’ there are, when did a situation get re-framed in terms of something new, something more solid or more complex. And as well as what people have said and argued, we want to know how new practices came to be developed and consolidated.