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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

Clementis's Hat: Foucault and the Politics of Psychotherapy
Clementis's hat: Foucault and the politics of psychotherapy

It's true … that the circuits of psychiatricalizing and psychologizing, even if they pass through the parents, the peer group and the immediate surroundings, are finally supported by a vast medico-administrative complex. But the ‘free’ medicine of the ‘liberal’ doctor, the private psychiatrist or home psychologist are not an alternative to institutional medicine. They are part of the network, even in the case where they are poles apart…

(Foucault, 1989: 110–11)

One approach to understanding Foucault's work, and its importance for psychotherapy, is to see it as perhaps the most influential of a series of critiques of the Enlightenment project. Enlightenment philosophers conceived of reason as the means by which selves (‘subjects’) ...

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