Vincent Fish, MSSW, is in private practive at The Family Therapy Center of Madison, Suite 220, 700 Rayovac Drive, Madison, WI 53711.
POSTSTRUCTURALISM IN FAMILY THERAPY: INTERROGATING THE NARRATIVE/CONVERSATINAL MODE
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 19, Issue 3, pages 221–232, July 1993
How to Cite
Fish, V. (1993), POSTSTRUCTURALISM IN FAMILY THERAPY: INTERROGATING THE NARRATIVE/CONVERSATINAL MODE. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 19: 221–232. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.1993.tb00983.x
The author is most grateful to Michele Bograd, PhD, James Gustafson, MD, Deborah Vincent Fish, MSSW, is in private practice at The Family Therapy Center of Madison, Suite Luepnitz, PhD, Erica Serlin, PhD, and Ken Stewart, PhD, who commented on a draft of this article.
- Issue published online: 8 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
The narrative/conversational mode of family therapy, based in constructivism and Batesonian cybernetics, has lately associated itself with the poststructuralism of Foucault and Derrida. The narrative/conversational models of White and Epston (1990) and de Shazer (1991) draw only selectively from Foucault and Derrida's ideas and so perpetuate the constructivist neglect of social context and power. Disregarded aspects of Foucault and Derrida's work do contribute to an under-standing of social context and power. Poststructuralism is a dubious prop for constructivist assumptions: its true merit is in its capacity to illuminate the political/cultural context of our practice, including family therapy as a social institution.