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Woman's Relationship with Herself : Gender, Foucault and Therapy - Helen O'Grady

Woman's Relationship with Herself

Gender, Foucault and Therapy

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Published: 1st February 2005
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Woman's Relationship with Herself explores the relationship women have with themselves and demonstrates how this relationship is often dominated by debilitating practices of self-surveillance. Employing Foucault's notion of panoptical power, Helen O'Grady illuminates the link between this kind of self-surveillance and the broader mechanisms of social control, arguing that these negative practices prevent women from enjoying a satisfying, affirming relationship with themselves. Cultural factors that render women vulnerable to dissatisfying self-relations are identified and analysed and, drawing on the insights of Foucault, feminism and narrative therapy, the possibilities for developing a more empowering relationship with the self are examined.
This innovative contribution to feminist debates about gender and the self will be of interest to students and researchers in social psychology, feminist psychology, mental health studies and gender studies, and to practitioners in psychological therapies and counselling psychology.

Introduction
A Lens for Viewing Self-policing
Gender and Self-policing
Challenging and Negative Identity Practices
Foucault and Therapy
A Contradiction?
Immanent Critiques: Expanded Possibilities for Refusing Self-policing
An Ethic of Care for the Self
Can Therapy be Politically Progressive from a Feminist Perspective?
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780415331272
ISBN-10: 0415331277
Series: Women and Psychology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st February 2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1