Toward Critical Social Practices

Marcelo Pakman

in Handbook of Community-Based Clinical Practice

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195159226
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893843 | DOI:
Toward Critical Social Practices

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This chapter examines the sources of strain for community-based practitioners historically, and how an understanding of the “poetics” and “micropolitics” of practice currently can help in the actual conditions of public mental health practice. It argues that poetics and micropolitics, as generative frames, legitimize the local social arena as a locus of a necessary expertise for psychotherapists. They are action-oriented frames that bring to the field the power of the mythical, generative, metaphoric word, opposed to the logos, the illusory literal word at the center of the Western metaphysical tradition that Jacques Derrida has relentlessly deconstructed. They bring poiesis, generation, to its place in a well-developed, theoretically-sound community mental health, as an area of participatory action-oriented science.

Keywords: public health; mental health; mental health professional; poetics; micropolitics; psychotherapists

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