Between Fathers and Sons: Critical Incident Narratives in the Development of Men's Lives

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Social Science - 231 pages
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Explore the tensions and tenderness between fathers and sons in this masterpiece of narrative psychology!

“We live in a story-shaped world,” as the editors say, and Between Fathers and Sons: Critical Incident Narratives in the Development of Men's Lives shows how the stories we construct come to shape our perceptions of the world and of ourselves. The incidents recounted here are more than just moving, funny, or painful stories of fathers and sons. Each is a myth that helped form the authors’social and moral identity.

This blend of feeling and intellect, story and analysis makes Between Fathers and Sons a work of art as well as a work of psychology. The contributors--many of them pioneers of narrative therapy--bring unique insight to bear on their own stories. Using a broad array of narrative forms, from the soliliquy to the multiple narrator, they explore and analyze themes of silence, mystery, respect, sports, self-reliance, and longing for continuity.

In the stories you will find in Between Fathers and Sons:
  • a father's disappointed silence is transformed as it resonates through four generations
  • a Korean immigrant faces the differences between his ideals of fatherhood and his son's American view
  • a father-son fishing trip ends with the biggest fish ever--or no fish at all
  • betrayed by his stepfather, a boy seeks guidance from stories of his dead father
  • a Baptist preacher helps his son make an agonizing choice
  • a grown man's memory of a childhood event gives him new insight into his father's identity and their relationship
Between Fathers and Sons is a landmark volume in father-son relationships and in narrative therapy. It is destined to become a classic in the field.
 

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Contents

General Introduction
xiii
RATIONALE OBJECTIVES AND METHOD
xiv
THE ESSAYS
4
AND JUST ONE MORE THING
5
Sons and Fathers The Storied Nature of Human Relationships
7
GENRES
9
SACRED STORIES
10
THREE PERSPECTIVES
11
ON FATHERS AND SONS
116
THE TWENTYFIRST CENTURY
117
ANCHORING ACROSS
118
CODA
119
Blessed Be the Name of the Father Generational Echoes
121
ON RELATIONS WITH MY FATHER
122
LIFE WITH MY FATHER
127
ON RELATIONS WITH MY FATHER
131

IDENTITY STORIES
23
I Am Older Than My Father
25
Remembering the Origins of a Constructivist Psychologist
35
Teaching by Doing
49
Every Kid Deserves a Chance
57
BEING THERE
62
Responsibilities
65
On Coming to Understand My Father A Personal and Professional Journey
73
THE EMOTIONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH MY FATHER
74
WHAT RELATIONS TO MY WORK?
81
CONCLUSION
84
STORIES OF EMOTIONAL LIFE
87
The One That Got AwayOr Did It?
89
A CONVERSATION BETWEEN FATHER AND SON
95
Learning to Appreciate the Sublime Dont Knock the Rock
101
Remembering My Father
111
CONTEXT
112
ELABORATING THE MEMORY
114
BEYOND THE SILENCE
133
Their Way
137
In Absentia
147
STORIES OF SELFUNDERSTANDING
159
The Presence of What Is Missing Memory Poetry and the Ride Home
161
Paternal Role Slippage Across Cultures
173
FATHERSON RELATIONSHIP AS CULTUREBOUND
177
RESOLUTION
179
To Tell the Secrets of My PrisonHouse
183
My Measure My Guide and Still a Mystery
195
A CRITICAL PIECE OF ADVICE
200
SEQUELAE
204
EPILOGUE
207
Farewell to Vienna The Authority of Nostalgia
211
Epilogue
223
Index
225
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THEODORE R. SARBIN is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Criminology at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

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