From Therapeutic Power to Resistance?

  title={From Therapeutic Power to Resistance?},
  author={Michael Guilfoyle},
  journal={Theory \& Psychology},
  pages={101 - 124}
  • M. Guilfoyle
  • Published 1 February 2005
  • Psychology
  • Theory & Psychology
Four ideas are used to conceptually link local therapeutic practices with macro sociocultural arrangements, and to question the feasibility of therapeutically derived resistances against them: power as a productive force; the power–knowledge integration; the power–resistance relationship; and power in context. Narrative therapy is presented as an example of a ‘therapy of resistance’, which at a micro level challenges the therapist–client power relation and privileges clients’ local knowledges… 
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