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Shaping the self through psychotherapeutic means : gender and cross-generational perspectives

McLeod, Julie and Wright, Katie 2003, Shaping the self through psychotherapeutic means : gender and cross-generational perspectives, in NZARE/AARE 2003 : Educational research, risks and dilemmas : New Zealand Association for Research in Education and the Australian Association for Research in Education, [Australian Association for Research in Education], [Coldstream, Vic.], pp. 1-13.

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Title Shaping the self through psychotherapeutic means : gender and cross-generational perspectives
Author(s) McLeod, Julie
Wright, Katie
Conference name NZARE/AARE Joint Conference (2003 : Auckland, N.Z.)
Conference location Auckland, New Zealand
Conference dates 29 November - 3 December 2003
Title of proceedings NZARE/AARE 2003 : Educational research, risks and dilemmas : New Zealand Association for Research in Education and the Australian Association for Research in Education
Editor(s) van Til, E.
Publication date 2003
Start page 1
End page 13
Publisher [Australian Association for Research in Education]
Place of publication [Coldstream, Vic.]
Summary This paper explores psychotherapeutic themes and modes of thought emerging in interviews with mothers and daughters participating in a cross-generational study of young women 'on the margins'. The focus of the discussion is two-fold. First it discusses current theoretical debates concerning the ascendancy of psychotherapeutic modes of constituting the self, and argues that we require closer attention to the gendered and differentiated ways in which these are registered and articulated. Second, it considers the significance of 'happiness' and the ways in which pairs of mothers and daughters draw upon a repertoire of psychotherapeutic discourses to represent their relation to schooling, self, family, and work. It concludes with some speculative observations about the significance of attending to the psychotherapeutic turn for understanding contemporary femininity, the desire for openness as a measure of a good relationship (and of democracy), and contemporary aspirations of happiness.
ISSN 1176-4902
Language eng
Field of Research 160403 Social and Cultural Geography
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
Copyright notice ©2003, NZARE/AARE
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30013918

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Scientific and Developmental Studies in Education
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