Psychotherapy in Clients' Trajectories Across Contexts

Cheryl Mattingly and Linda C. Garro

in Narrative and the Cultural Construction of Illness and Healing

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780520218246
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935228 | DOI:
Psychotherapy in Clients' Trajectories Across Contexts

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This chapter discusses themes that concern conflict, power, and legitimacy. It studies a series of interactions between a family psychotherapist and family members, and emphasizes the fragile and contested character of clinical interactions. It uses the constructs of “social contexts” and “social practices” to argue that contexts and practices provide the key structuring devices of daily life. The chapter also challenges the centrality of narrative as a model for social life in general.

Keywords: clinical interactions; social contexts; social practices; structuring devices; narrative; social life; legitimacy; conflict; power

Chapter.  9428 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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