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.

Discipline and Desire: Regulating the Body/Self

Discipline and Desire: Regulating the Body/Self

Discipline and desire: Regulating the body/self

Influenced by Foucault's notion of the “docile body” and of “disciplining the body,” I will examine the way women use their bodies as a form of self-regulation, illuminating the tension between the discipline of and capitulation to desire and need in contemporary culture. The body is not stable, constant, asocial, ahistorical, or “natural.” It is, as Foucault suggests, in “the grip” of cultural practices, including relations of power. I will focus on women's struggles with eating and body size as an example of normalization processes of the self. Challenging the oppressed/oppressor modernist formula of power, this analysis concedes that practices of power are often centered in practices of self-regulation or “self-surveillance and self-correction to ...

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