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ERIC Number: ED435077
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Pages: 51
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Deconstruction and Therapy Revisited: Including the Excluded.
Parry, Alan
This paper explores the history of deconstruction and discusses the use of the theories it involves within the author's work in family therapy situations. Jacques Derrida's term, deconstruction, has achieved widespread use among psychotherapists. This derives largely from the influence of Michael White, who has interpreted it in a Foucauldian way consistent with his practice of externalization. Problems are seen as oppressors to be excluded. A return to a Derridean understanding, in which narratives embraced by families to the exclusion of others return as symptoms that eventually hijack the prevailing family story, is proposed. Therapy gives excluded stories a voice by encouraging the acknowledgment of a universal abjection so that the "marginalized other" in all its forms may be included. Among the case studies presented is the story of a 14-year-old male who was reluctant to attend school. Through a meeting with his family, the author realized that the boy's mother was his only encouraging family member. The author then met with the boy and his mother. By explaining his story of hurt and loss at being forced to move in with his brother to make room for his mother's boyfriend, the boy was able to acknowledge his abjection and move through his problems. (Contains 46 references.) (MKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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