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`I enjoyed this book, and think that it should find a grateful and attentive readership in the practical field as well as being a central text in academic settings. It will also be well received by those, like myself, for whom the interest is more in deconstructing than psychotherapy' -Dialogues This book takes the discursive and postmodern turn in psychotherapy a significant step forward and will be of interest to all those working in mental health who are concerned with challenges to oppression and processes of emancipation. It achieves this by: reflecting on the role of psychotherapy in contemporary culture; developing critiques of language in psychotherapy that unravel its claims to personal truth

Derrida and the Deconstruction of Power as Context and Topic in Therapy
Derrida and the deconstruction of power as context and topic in therapy

Overcoming is not the end. One doesn't jump out of metaphysics one fine day, in order to go over to something else.

(Derrida, 1995a: 48)

The deconstruction of power in institutional settings, particularly as it bears upon issues of justice and ethics, is coincidental to the concerns of both contemporary psychotherapy and recent deconstructive philosophy. This chapter situates the topic of power in psychotherapy in the context of Derrida's (1992, 1994, 1995b) recent writings on matters of ethics, politics and justice. For Derrida (1995a: 49), a critique of power as justice or ethics, is deconstruction: ‘Deconstruction is an affirmative thought of a possible ethics, ...

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