Who is the person in narrative therapy? In this book, Michael Guilfoyle notes that narrative practice does not have a coherent formulation of personhood in the way one finds in other fields, such as psychoanalysis and cognitive-behavioural therapy. The book critically examines the post-structural principles that underpin narrative practice, which make available powerful conceptual tools for theorizing the person. But there are significant tensions to be resolved: How can the person be endowed with personal agency, as narrative therapists claim, while simultaneously being seen as a 'product of power', as Foucault famously argued? Exactly what is the person's relationship to power, and on what condition can he or she resist? Using several detailed case examples, the book discusses the ideas of White, Epston, Foucault, Nietzsche, and others, to tease out the threads of these questions, and opens up new avenues for narrative practice and thought.
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