Mark H Burton

Mark H Burton
Independent

PhD
Scholarship-based activism and policy work with Steady State Manchester. Focussing on a regional post-growth future.

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Introduction
Following a career in intellectual disability services, as psychologist and later as senior bureaucrat, I am now free to work on projects of my own choosing in the following areas: 1) ecological and economic activism, 2) critical community and liberation psychology.
Additional affiliations
January 2004 - November 2016
Manchester Metropolitan University
Position
  • Professor
January 1981 - June 1982
The University of Manchester
Position
  • Research Associate
Description
  • Left to pursue a career in Health and Social Services, in Manchester.
January 1980 - December 1980
UNSW Sydney
Position
  • Lecturer
Education
September 1991 - June 1993
Manchester Metropolitan University
Field of study
  • Management
October 1977 - September 1979
The University of Manchester
Field of study
  • Clinical Psychology
September 1973 - August 1976
University of Birmingham
Field of study
  • Psychology

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Publications (147)
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Government policy frameworks on the support of disabled people can often be difficult to 'read', as they contain contradictory elements that simultaneously support and confront social processes that create inequalities and oppression. Valuing People (VP), the UK government's policy framework for learning disability (intellectual disability), provid...
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The work of Argentinian-Mexican philosopher Enrique Dussel is presented in outline, focusing on his intellectual history as a thinker from the global periphery. We explore his reconstruction of the history of modernity and critique of Eurocentrism, his reconstruction of the later Marx, his concepts of analectics and trans-modernity, and his ethical...
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A response to Robert Pollin's article in NLR 112 that criticised degrowth and promoted green growth. We review Pollin's claims and, without suggesting that degrowth is an easy path to follow, argue that only with a significant contraction in the material scale of the global economy can climate catastrophe be averted.
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This accessible textbook draws upon progressions in academic, political and global arenas, to provide a comprehensive overview of practical issues in psychological work across a diverse range of community settings. Interest in community psychology, and its potential as a distinctive approach, is growing and evolving in parallel with societal and p...
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Nine years ago we formed Steady State Manchester. Since then we have produced many articles, pamphlets, reports and blog posts, exploring the post-growth alternative, practically and conceptually. Nine years on, degrowth has become more widely known about and discussed. It has yet to achieve hegemony but those who make reasoned arguments for the fe...
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We explore a number of ways in which community psychology can become more attuned to political economy. First we identify the paradigmatic connections between mainstream economics and psychology. Then we explore political economy as the context for practising community psychology, with emphasis on the ways the economic system and its power relation...
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An edited version will be published in Renewal, 2019, issue 2. The British Labour Party has been the site of a resurgence of radicalism in the context of the economic, social and political crisis post the 2007-8 Great Financial Crash. With the collapse of neoliberalism's authority (manifested in the Labour party leadership in the two stage shift t...
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With increasing momentum, the idea of a New Green Deal (or Green New Deal) has entered the mainstream of progressive political debate. While a group of British economists and campaigners promoted the idea more than ten years ago, it didn’t take off then. Now, however, the seriousness of, and public attention to, the climate emergency has helped to...
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There is now plenty of evidence that economic growth is highly problematic for human welfare and survival. The evidence comes from three domains. 1) The ecological: continual growth uses up the resources that supply and the sinks that take the waste from human activity globally. 2) The social: economic growth does not correlate well with human welf...
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There is increasing recognition that endless economic “growth” is neither possible on a finite planet nor a desirable policy aim in social and economic terms. The British NGO, Positive Money, has recently added its voice to this critique, with its report “Ending Growth Dependency”. Positive Money (PM) campaigns for reform of the monetary system, ar...
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A slightly longer version of the piece published on the SERA (Labour Environment Campaign) website on 17 December, 2017. It is a response to a piece in the SERA journal New Ground by Chi Onwurah.
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The former industrial towns of the global North have already seen capitalism peak locally. Globally we may be living through a similar peaking as the system exhausts both its options to fix its internal contradictions, and more critically, the capacity of the planetary systems that sustain it. This essay begins with the first sense of peak capitali...
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The Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) were produced in 2015 to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Eight of the 17 SDGs address social dimensions of sustainable development, although there are interrelationships between these and environmental, economic and process dimensions. Despite this emphasis on social...
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This is a contribution from Steady State Manchester to the debate about policies for the city region. We are a group working out how best to respond here to  environmental challenges including climate change, resource depletion and damage to the environment  deep-seated social problems including poverty, social deprivation and fragmentation  eco...
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Introductory talk on he Limits to Growth and their implications for policy in the UK.
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In this article we seek to reflect critically on some recent research we have carried out, in collaboration with a Chinese welfare NGO, on the experience of forced labor among Chinese migrant workers in the UK. We will (a) locate briefly the wider political context of migrant work (both regular and irregular) in the UK; (b) explore how and why the...
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In this chapter we consider the ‘social model of disability’, developed largely by disabled activists in the UK, in relation to the different context and social realities of the global South, via a case study of disability theory and policy in Venezuela. We all value this approach to understanding the nature of disability, the realities of life as...
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Conventional economics shares a number of characteristics with mainstream psychology: individualism, acontextualism, and both social and ecological irrelevance. Community psychology has been one response to the shortcomings of mainstream psychology, but has not typically engaged with criticisms of the conventional economics with which it shares ass...
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Debt is a scourge of families but, strangely enough, it is not a problem for governments or banks. Yet the contrasting nature of these different kinds of debt is little understood. In this chapter I will examine the contrast between dominant accounts of debt, credit and money in the system today and the underlying realities. I will conceptualise th...
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Over the last 30 years we have developed an approach to "Critical Community Psychology", that aims to be locally focussed but globally aware. Characteristics that distinguish it from other approaches in community and critical psychology include 1) the concept of prefigurative action, which relates work with local projects and initiatives to a wider...
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Burton, M., & Gómez, L. (2015). Chapter 37 “Liberation Psychology: Another Kind Of Critical Psychology.” In Handbook of Critical Psychology. Hove, East Sussex ; New York, NY: Routledge. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781848722187/
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These reflections are the result of a visit to Palestine in May 2013, at the invitation of the community psychology program at Birzeit University, near Ramallah 1. We attended the 2-day International Community Psychology Conference: Global Perspectives, Local Practices, and also visited various urban and rural settings in the occupied West Bank and...
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The considerable and sustained boom in personal debt recently has in many countries around the world led to experiences of over-indebtedness that are associated with very considerable distress and suffering. This article explores critical perspectives that situate personal debt, material deprivation and suffering, and specific ways of knowing and a...
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This article explores questions of identity and culture in relation to the pre-sent systemic crises that confront human life on the planet, problematizing the pursuit of economic growth and consumerist culture. It uses the con-cept of Ideology-Action-Structure complexes to understand the satu rating nature of social, political and economic dominati...
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We are living in a time of crisis: economic, ecological, social and political. Some of the consequences - poverty, exclusion, and the reduction and restructuring of education, health and welfare - define the working context of most psychologists. Other consequences are less visible, either because their physical consequences (climate change, for ex...
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Este informe considera si hay psicologías de la liberación fuera de América Latina. Primero se establece una aproximación a la psicología de la liberación desde la obra de Ignacio Martín-Baró, en términos de su vinculación con otras corrientes de la praxis latinoamericana, la concientización, el realismo crítico, una orientación realmente social, y...
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Can a critical psychology be more than an inward looking critique of the discipline itself? Liberation psychology emerged in Latin America in the 1980s. It is a critical psychology with an action focus, taking sides with the oppressed populations of the continent. The originator of the approach, Ignacio Martín-Baró practiced psychology in the conte...
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The Confidential Inquiry into premature deaths of people with learning disabilities has just reported its findings. Extrapolated, they indicate 1,839 excess deaths per year of intellectually disab...
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Re-framing the mess we're in: ideology-action-structures and coloniality. This is a working paper in which I explore some ideas I've been working with. It takes a long and comprehensive view of w...
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The characteristics of Liberation psychology are discussed with reference to contemporary challenges. It is suggested that the approach has a contribution to make to other regions and can also be strengthened by drawing on developments elsewhere. As such it is suggested that Liberation Psychology is not, in essence, an approach of restricted releva...
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How do we create a society with local prosperity and justice? How do we prepare for the challenges that climate change and other aspects of the ecological crisis are already bringing? In June 2012 members of what became Steady State Manchester were involved in discussions with Manchester City Council about the idea of a Steady State Economy. While...
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Interest in community psychology, and its potential has grown in parallel with changes in welfare and governmental priorities. Critical Community Psychology provides students of different community based professions, working in a range of applied settings, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, with a text which will underpin their communit...
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The Alexander Technique is a means of re-educating people in the way they use and organise their bodies. It is characterised by an integrative view of physical and psychological function. Its application was explored with eight people with varying degrees of learning disability, and associated physical problems. On the basis of clinical documentati...
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The paper discusses the implementation and effect of group-based parenting workshops oriented by the principles of liberation psychology in a low-income, hispanicized community in Guatemala City. The objective of this initiative was not only to improve outcomes in the parent–child relationship, but to galvanize the formation of community-based supp...
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New article from GreenDealManchester-Mersey read the full article also published on the 21st Century Socialism Website 1 August 2009 and Links website (Australia) 12 August 2009 Available as part o...
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Community psychology deals with the life of groups of people in context and is therefore inevitably concerned with their struggles, successes, projects and dreams. Sooner or later, because these contexts are constructed economically, politically and historically, engagement with the political is inevitable as all social groups encounter social and...
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Full text of this article is available at http://www.thepsychologist.org.uk/archive/archive_home.cfm?volumeID=20&editionID=150&ArticleID=1227 How can organised psychology best promote and protect human rights in relation to military occupation and the detention of terrorist suspects or insurgents?
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Accessible summary• This research tried to find out how good services were for people with learning  disabilities who are from minority ethnic communities.• A questionnaire was sent to learning disability services in the North West of  England.• The answers in the questionnaires told us that changes in the law and guidelines  help to make sure the...
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This chapter describes and analyses the evolution of community psychology in the United Kingdom. The British welfare state and its contradictions, the nature of British psychology and international developments in theory and practice have all been influential in shaping the relatively small field of community psychology in Britain. The contribution...
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The existing uptake of eye care services by 146 learning disabled adults was investigated using a telephone questionnaire. It was found that 39 percent were receiving less eye care than the general population; those living either with families or independently were significantly less likely to have had an examination than people living with paid su...
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Background There is scant research on the subject of dysphagia and people with intellectual disabilities. This study explores the barriers which caregivers believe make following Speech and Language Therapists’ (SLTs) dysphagia management strategies more difficult. Method Semi-structured open-ended interviews were conducted with 46 caregivers who s...
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Burton, M; Chapman, M; Hunt, V; Reeves, D. Implementation of goal attainment scaling in community intellectual disability services. Journal of policy and practice in intellectual disabilities, 2006, vol. 3, no. 2, pages 119-128. Published by and copyright Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. The definitive version of this article is available from http://ww...
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Background There is scant research on the subject of dys-phagia and people with intellectual disabilities. This study explores the barriers which caregivers believe make following Speech and Language Therapists' (SLTs) dysphagia management strategies more difficult. Method Semi-structured open-ended interviews were conducted with 46 caregivers who...
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This paper describes the findings of a survey into prescribing of psychotropic medication with adults with learning disabilities in a British city. A self-completion questionnaire was sent to staff in dispersed housing and community learning disability teams to gather information about the number of people prescribed psychoactive medication, the ty...
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This paper describes the findings of a survey into prescribing of psychotropic medication with adults with learning disabilities in a British city. A self-completion questionnaire was sent to staff in dispersed housing and community learning disability teams to gather information about the number of people prescribed psychoactive medication, the ty...
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We discuss three major strategies of intervention for people with learning disabilities: the furtherance of critical consciousness, the creation of new forms of social relations (new social settings), and the development of alliances and counter systems. These approaches all imply a participant-reflective stance.
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Liberation Social Psychology (la psicologia social de la liberacion, LSP) has developed amongst a body of psychologists in Latin America over the last decade. There has been no survey of the field in English, although some of the ideas are of relevance for those working with oppressed groups elsewhere in the world. This article explores the context...
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The families of 26 adults with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) who either lived at home or maintained close contact with their families were interviewed about their social and psychological needs related to caring for the person with ASD. In contrast to previous studies of familial carers of children with ASDs, a strong association between paren...
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Capacity to consent is an important concept when working with people with learning disabilities. The current concept of consent is based on a dichotomous categorization: people either have or do not have capacity to consent. Several research studies have focused on the assessment of capacity to consent and these studies report a range from 0 to 65%...
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Movements of psychologists with a liberatory agenda have emerged in a number of countries. A guide and overview is offered here. These networks have not yet developed into a particularly strong movement. Some of the reasons for this will be discussed in relation to the contradictory role of mainstream psychology as both loyal critic and as resource...
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An emerging orthodoxy regarding the definition and role of evidence based practice is identified and subjected to a constructive critique with particular reference to social and community health services for people who are intellectually (learning) disabled. It is argued that the orthodox approach to evidence based practice falters at every step, f...
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The prevalence of autistic spectrum disorders in people using a large urban learning disabilities service was examined using a questionnaire-based method. Both statutory and independent service providers were surveyed and a total of 174 people with either a confirmed or a suspected autistic spectrum disorder were identified. Current and historical...
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Abstract Community psychology has developed in other parts of the world, but not in the UK. We contrast the development of psychology, in its wider social context, between 1960 and 1980 in the UK and the USA, in order to try to understand some of the reasons for the absence of community,psychology in the UK. A scheme of enquiry is proposed which in...
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While major ethical dilemmas have received much attention in the literature, a study in our service suggests that the experience of intellectually disabled people is subject to a multitude of decisions inherent in the discretionary nature of everyday life and the everyday tasks of supporting people. Two recent theoretical contributions are discusse...
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In this article the authors want to discuss their experience of teaching about links between 'individual' and 'society' to clinical psychology trainees. The teaching has objectives of increasing knowledge about the influence of social inequalities on psychological disorder; understanding the relationship between individuals and their social context...
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Paper presented to British Psychological Society Conference, March 2001, Glasgow.
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Critical psychology should both affirm liberatory modes of doing psychology and engage with the lived reality of those oppressed within current social systems. For this version of critical psychology, the model of 'prefigurative action research' is advocated as an integrating framework. It is characterised by: an analysis of both the structural and...