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.

Watching the other Watch: A Social Location of Problems

Watching the other Watch: A Social Location of Problems

Watching the other watch: A social location of problems

Whom do you call bad? Those who always want to put to shame. What do you consider most humane? To spare someone shame. What is the seal of liberation? No longer being ashamed in front of oneself

—Friedrich Nietzsche (1974), Aphorisms 273, 274, 275 (p. 180)

This chapter takes a brief look at the social location, negotiation, and performed response of internalized problem conversations. The social act of us viewing ourselves, referred to in this chapter as self-surveillance,1 is perceived as primary for keeping problem conversations alive. In addition, the relationship of self-surveillance to the perception and experience of being watched/judged by a viewing audience (real and imagined) will also ...

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