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Title: Tasting the Witches' Brew: Foucault and Therapeutic Practices
Author(s): Brownlie, Julie
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Keywords: Foucault
therapeutic culture
Foucault, Michel, 1926-1984.
Social service Philosophy
Issue Date: Jul-2004
Date Deposited: 6-Aug-2009
Citation: Brownlie J (2004) Tasting the Witches' Brew: Foucault and Therapeutic Practices. Sociology, 38 (3), pp. 515-532.
Abstract: Interaction is at the heart of most therapeutic practices, yet sociological work on the therapeutic has either tended to ignore this dimension or focused on it at the expense of understanding the wider social context within which such practices unfold. Not surprisingly, Foucauldian work on the therapeutic has, for different reasons, also tended not to concern itself with interaction. Yet there are those who argue not only that Foucault might be used in alliance with perspectives concerned with language as constitutive of social reality (Miller, 1997), but that such an alliance might be useful in analysing therapeutic practices (Silverman, 1997). In this article, I think through the theoretical and methodological possibilities and limitations of such an exercise by drawing on qualitative data from a specific set of therapeutic interactions. Bringing together an interest in therapeutic interaction and therapeutic government with a sociological interest in who is participating in which therapies could, it is argued, address the social context of the therapeutic while at the same time exploring the interaction through which therapy is constituted.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0038038504043216
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