Cultural Resistance

Challenging Beliefs About Men, Women, and Therapy

By Kaethe Weingarten

© 1995 – Routledge

176 pages

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pub: 1995-11-26
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About the Book

In everyday life--in relationships, in various institutions, in texts--cultural premises influence and sometimes limit individuals’thoughts, actions, and ideas. Cultural Resistance: Challenging Beliefs About Men, Women, and Therapy analyzes cultural constraints and encourages therapists, individuals, and communities to practice cultural resistance on a daily basis, allowing for the realization of diverse and suppressed knowledges.

Cultural Resistance shows general patterns by which some ideas in a culture become accepted and others are marginalized. It proposes ways individuals and communities can resist the hold of limiting ideas on their lives. In the postmodern tradition, Editor Kathy Weingarten brings together authors who ask and offer answers to the question, “What is not present in our thinking?” Each chapter invites therapists to extend their thinking about the scope of their work. Topics covered include:

  • challenging cultural beliefs about mothers
  • transforming masculine identities
  • lesbian and gay parents
  • a narrative approach to anorexia/bulimia
  • perspectives on the Black woman and sexual trauma, focusing on Thomas v. Hill
  • opening therapy to conversations with a personal god
  • new conversations on controversial issues

    The chapters in Cultural Resistance first describe cultural premises that constrain the lives of women, men, and/or therapists and then develop an approach to resisting these constraints. A response follows each chapter in an effort to promote discourse, extend meanings, and encourage learning between professionals.

    Cultural Resistance yields new perspectives on the nature of social change and the relationships between individuals and culture. It offers valuable insights to family therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers who want to broaden their thinking and approach. It gives therapists a fresh, new way of thinking about themselves, others, and their conversations through applications which may be professional, personal, or both.

Table of Contents

Contents Introduction: Attending to Absence

  • Radical Listening: Challenging Cultural Beliefs for and About Mothers
  • Out of Objectification: Comment on Kathy Weingarten’s “Radical Listening: Challenging Cultural Beliefs for and About Mothers”
  • Fathering Our Sons; Refathering Ourselves: Some Thoughts on Transforming Masculine Legacies
  • Boys Will be Men: A Response to Terry Real’s Paper
  • Lesbian and Gay Parents: From Margin to Center
  • Response to Laura Benkov, “Lesbian and Gay Parents: From Margin to Center”
  • A Narrative Approach to So-Called Anorexia/Bulimia
  • A Letter to David Epston
  • Beach Glass
  • The Discourse on Thomas v. Hill: A Resource for Perspectives on the Black Woman and Sexual Trauma
  • The Hill/Thomas Debate as Source for Understanding the Black Woman and Sexual Trauma: A Response
  • Opening Therapy to Conversations With a Personal God
  • Response to “Opening Therapy to Conversations With a Personal God”
  • From Stuck Debate to New Conversation on Controversial Issues: A Report From the Public Conversations Project
  • Commentary on “From Stuck Debate to New Conversation on Controversial Issues: A Report From the Public Conversations Project
  • Reference Notes Included

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FAM006000
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Alternative Family
PSY011000
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Eating Disorders
SOC012000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gay Studies
SOC028000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOC032000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies