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.

Dethroning the Suppressed Voice: Unpacking Experience as Story

Dethroning the Suppressed Voice: Unpacking Experience as Story

Dethroning the suppressed voice: Unpacking experience as story

In this chapter, I will problematize the conceptualization of experience as it is often taken up in modernist therapeutic practices. Doing so will include taking apart routinized assumptions in practice that naturalize emotions and that privilege, authorize, and decontextualize clients' experiences, separating them from their social construction. Drawing on the work of Joan Scott (1992) and Dorothy Smith (1990, 1999), experience is interrogated, as is subsequently the privileging of the suppressed voice in therapeutic practice. Within this work, experience is an interpretation that needs interpretation (Scott, 1992). It is argued that the suppressed or disqualified voice is located within dominant social stories—it does not escape the social—and thus it must, ...

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