Narrative means to transformative ends:Towards a narrative language for transformation

Fleming, Dr Ted (2003) Narrative means to transformative ends:Towards a narrative language for transformation. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Narrative therapy has its intellectual roots in and derives its concepts and language from a postmodern concern with experience, narrative and social critique. In this paper the narrative therapy of White and Epston is explored as a body of theoretical and practical knowledge about how to free people from the stories that imprison them in closed and limiting visions of themselves, their relationships and views of the world. Narrative therapy with its focus on changing the frame of intelligibility within which we interpret the world, in how it brings about this change and in how it interprets the social and cultural dimension of one’s narrative, is a useful reframing of the language of transformation theory. The paper identifies the implications of this connection for enhancing the social dimension and understanding of transformation and enhancing the ways in which transformation may be facilitated. Finally, attachment stories are proposed as particularly useful narratives for adult educators.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Narrative therapy, Transformative learning
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Adult and Community Education
Item ID: 981
Depositing User: Dr Ted Fleming
Date Deposited: 13 May 2008
Publisher: Teachers College
Refereed: Yes

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