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`This is a wonderful volume, powerfully written, timely, insightful, and filled with major pieces; the passion, intellectual rigor and sense of history found here promises to shape this field in the decades to come. This volume sets the agenda for the future' - Norman K Denzin, University of Illinois Pathology and the Postmodern explores the relationship between mental distress and social constructionism using new work from eminent scholars in the fields of sociology, psychology and philosophy. The authors address: how specific cultural, economic and historical forces converge in contemporary psychiatry and psychology; how new syndromes, subjectivities and identities are being constructed and

Does a Story Need a Theory? Understanding the Methodology of Narrative Therapy
Does a story need a theory? Understanding the methodology of narrative therapy
What's Philosophy Got to Do with it?

In his essay ‘Postmodern Thinking in a Clinical Practice’ (it appears in Therapy as Social Construction, a quite useful anthology edited by Sheila McNamee and Kenneth Gergen, 1992) William Lax writes that ‘during the past 10 years the social sciences have undergone significant changes through the increasing influence and acceptance of postmodern thinking’ (1992: 69). In a footnote to this statement, Lax documents some of the authors and their fields where this influence is being felt, such as: Geertz in anthropology/ ethnography; Foerster in cybernetics; Flax, and Fraser and Nicholson in feminism; Ricoeur and Gadamer in ...

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