Constructing subjects and making experts : reading the politics of the psychotherapy novel

Coyne, Joseph J. & Woods, Wally (2002) Constructing subjects and making experts : reading the politics of the psychotherapy novel. Social Semiotics, 12(3), pp. 315-330.

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Abstract

This paper examines the ideological and political basis of the practice of psychotherapy in contemporary culture. Psychotherapy is argued to be both inherently political and intimately concerned with the construction of subjectivity. These arguments are examined through interrogating the representation of psychotherapy in the works of Lindner ( The Fifty-Minute Hour , Bantam, New York, 1955) and particularly in Yalom's fictional text Lying on the Couch (HarperPerennial, New York, 1996). The implications within psychotherapy for representing normality, negotiating power, and locating and constructing subjectivity are highlighted through the critical treatment of these texts.

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ID Code: 67315
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Case Study, Psychotherapy, Cultural Theory, Yalom, Dora
DOI: 10.1080/10350330216377
ISSN: 1035-0330
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Cultural Theory (200204)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 13 Feb 2014 05:12
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2014 05:12

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