Narrative Therapy: Making Meaning, Making Lives offers a comprehensive introduction to the history and theory of narrative therapy. Influenced by feminist, postmodern, and critical theory, this edited volume illustrates how we make sense of our lives and experiences by ascribing meaning through stories that arise within social conversations and culturally available discourses.

Talking Body Talk: Merging Feminist and Narrative Approaches to Practice

Talking Body Talk: Merging Feminist and Narrative Approaches to Practice

Talking body talk: Merging feminist and narrative approaches to practice

Taken together, feminist and narrative therapies enable moving beyond pathologizing approaches to eating “disorders” through an emphasis on listening to the gendered stories that women's bodies tell. The continuum of struggles women experience with eating and their bodies make sense when we situate their stories within the culturally available meanings and discourses that make them possible. Specifically, in this chapter, I present a blend of feminist and narrative therapy that acknowledges ways that women resource or use their bodies as forms of both compliance and resistance to dominant cultural ideas, including those of feminine subjectivity.

Dominant cultural ideas of gender are inseparable from both experiences and performances ...

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