Out of control: family therapy and domestic disorder

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Sage Publications, 1992 - Family & Relationships - 257 pages
Counselling techniques that can help families regain control and causes of families breaking up are among the topics explored in this ethnographic account of therapeutic sessions. Two very different views of what a family is and how it becomes `out of control' emerge, resulting in vastly different therapeutic approaches.

Gubrium compares two family counselling facilities - a community outpatient centre and a private family-focused psychiatric hospital - which have radically different concepts of the family. One setting examines a family's system including hidden structures, power relations, language and interaction as clues to the family's dysfunction. The other is concerned with affective relationships and deep emotions, h

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The Settings
Discerning Domestic Authority

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Jaber Gubrium is professor and chair of sociology at the University of Missouri. He has had a long-standing program of research on the social organization of care in human service institutions and pioneered in the reconceptualization of qualitative methods and the development of narrative analysis. His publications include numerous books and articles on aging, the life course, medicalization, and representational practice in therapeutic context.

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