Remember Me
Or use your Academic/Social account:


Or use your Academic/Social account:


You have just completed your registration at OpenAire.

Before you can login to the site, you will need to activate your account. An e-mail will be sent to you with the proper instructions.


Please note that this site is currently undergoing Beta testing.
Any new content you create is not guaranteed to be present to the final version of the site upon release.

Thank you for your patience,
OpenAire Dev Team.

Close This Message


Verify Password:
Verify E-mail:
*All Fields Are Required.
Please Verify You Are Human:
fbtwitterlinkedinvimeoflicker grey 14rssslideshare1
Chowdhury-, S.R.
Languages: English
Types: Doctoral thesis
Subjects: BF
Systemic family therapy, as a variant of the "talking cure", has developed its conceptual base during the second half of the twentieth century. Its founding fathers and mothers made a conceptual break with psychoanalysis, and this theoretical distinction has until recently been well established. Contemporary theorists have shown an interest in narrative metaphors and sought to situate systemic therapy within the terms of postmodernist and specifically social constructionist discourses. By this fact a challenge is presented to the researcher who wishes to subject to scrutiny the theoretical claims made for this form of human activity: how to rigorously evaluate theoretical propositions whilst employing a methodology that is congruent with the assumptive base of family therapy. The present study represents an attempt at taking up this challenge. Family therapy sessions are videotaped, transcribed and subjected to a discursive anlalysis. The method is in tune with social constructionist premises and allows for a meaningful analysis of such contemporary theoretical preoccupations as the therapeutic relationship, power, gender, culture and the injunction to place the self of the therapist within the system. The actual enactment of these theoretical premises is examined and the conditions for the successful accomplishment of discursive, and hence therapeutic, goals is explored. A finding emerges that cannot be adequately accounted for within a post-foundationalist epistemology of socially and culturally-situated talk: consistent individual differences in the positions taken by interactants. In order to explain this finding it has been found necessary to insert an ontology of subjectivity within social constructionist explanatory frameworks. A nonrational, non-unitary version of the individual is constructed that bears more than a passing resemblance to the psychoanalytic subject. Consideration is given to the implications of these findings for future research.
  • The results below are discovered through our pilot algorithms. Let us know how we are doing!

    • Anderson, T. (1987) The reflecting team. Family Process, 26, 415-428.
    • Anderson, H and Goolishian, H (1988) Human systems as linguistic systems: Preliminary and evolving ideas about the implications for clinical theory. Family Process, 27, 371-394.
    • Austin, J.L. (1962) How to do things with words. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
    • Barkham, M. and Shapiro, D. (1992) Problems of methodology in studies of psychotherapy - Response. In Psychotherapy and its discontents, Dryden, W. &Fathom, C (Eds.). Buckingham Open University Press.
    • Barratt, S., Burck, C., Dwivedi, K. Stedman, M &Ravel, H (1999) Theoretical biases in relation to race, ethnicity and culture in family therapy training. Context, 44, 4-12.
    • Barthes, R. (1972) Mythologies. London: Paladin.
    • Baszanger, I. and Dodier, N. (1997) Ethnography: Relating the part to the whole. In Silverman, S. (Ed.) Qualitative research: Theory, method and practice. London: Sage.
    • Benvenuto, B. and Kennedy, R. (1986) The works of Jacques Lacan: An introduction. London: Free association Books.
    • Bhaskar, R. (1989) Reclaiming reality. London: Verso.
    • Billig, M. (1991) Ideology and opinions. London: Sage.
  • No related research data.
  • No similar publications.

Share - Bookmark

Download from

Cite this article