Constructing 'the family' across culture
Singh, Reenee (2009) Constructing 'the family' across culture. Journal of Family Therapy, 31 (4). pp. 359-383. ISSN 0163-4445Full text not yet available from this repository.
In this paper, which is based on a larger research study, I address the research question: How is 'the family' constructed and talked about in intercultural and intracultural systemic clinical sessions? I use the qualitative research method of discourse analysis to analyse transcripts from eleven intercultural and intracultural video-taped family therapy sessions. The participants in the research study were South Asian and White British clinicians and families. Through discourse analysis, I identified the 'Outsider–Insider discourse of family life' to describe the different ways in which families define the boundaries around 'the family'. The findings suggest that although 'the family' was constructed differently by South Asian and White British families, clinicians – regardless of whether they were working interculturally or intraculturally – privileged a discourse of 'the family' as a two-generation, two-parent unit. The theoretical, clinical and training implication of this finding will be discussed.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Family Therapy, Family Constructs, Systemic Clinical Sessions, Interculture, Intraculture|
|Subjects:||Couple & Family Therapies > Family Therapy - Theories
Couple & Family Therapies > Family Therapy (Cultural Aspects)
|Department/People:||Children, Young Adult and Family Services|
|Depositing User:||Ms Theresa Callaghan|
|Date Deposited:||14 Jan 2010 14:40|
|Last Modified:||09 Feb 2016 10:28|
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