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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

Feminism, Politics and Power in Therapeutic Discourse: Fragments from the Fifth Province
Feminism, politics and power in therapeutic discourse: Fragments from the fifth province
Nollaig O'ReillyByrne and Imelda ColganMcCarthy

In situating Feminism, Politics, Power and Therapeutic Discourse as a title for this chapter, an attempt will be made to follow their uneasy engagement and affiliation. Implicit in the four terms is a recognition of a variety of practices that seek to destabilize sites of oppression, and to promote an ethic of reciprocity. The validation of these practices relies on the primary assumption that colonizing discourses produce stable hierarchies of devaluation across a range of social, cultural, and representational positions in society. The devalued ‘other’ – woman, non-white, working class, dis-abled, non-heterosexual – of this hierarchical structure occupies ...

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