- Subject index
`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
Chapter 5: Between the ‘No Longer’ and the ‘Not Yet’: Postmodernism as a Context for Critical Therapeutic Work
Between the ‘No Longer’ and the ‘Not Yet’: Postmodernism as a Context for Critical Therapeutic Work
Imagine a time in the future when the term ‘postmodernism’ is no longer used, except as an historical footnote. Imagine that you had to explain to a much younger, perhaps disbelieving therapist what all the fuss was about: how postmodernism and associated concepts achieved celebrity status towards the end of the twentieth century, and affected our thinking about all aspects of psychotherapy practice. What kind of account would you give? Was postmodernism a fashion that came and went, leaving many devotees feeling faintly embarrassed and psychotherapy largely untouched (except that it gained a few ...