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    Psychotherapy in historical perspective

    Marks, Sarah (2017) Psychotherapy in historical perspective. [Editorial/Introduction]

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    Abstract

    This article will briefly explore some of the ways in which the past has been used as a means to talk about psychotherapy as a practice and as a profession, its impact on individuals and society, and the ethical debates at stake. It will show how, despite the multiple and competing claims about psychotherapy’s history and its meanings, historians themselves have, to a large degree, not attended to the intellectual and cultural development of many therapeutic approaches. This absence has the potential consequence of implying that therapies have emerged as value-free techniques, outside of a social, economic and political context. The relative neglect of psychotherapy, by contrast with the attention historians have paid to other professions, particularly psychiatry, has also underplayed its societal impact. This article will foreground some of the instances where psychotherapy has become an object of emerging historical interest, including the new research that forms the substance of this special issue of History of the Human Sciences.

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    Item Type: Editorial/Introduction
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): clinical epistemologies, historiography, history of the psy-disciplines, psychotherapy, therapeutic relationship
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Research Centre: Aesthetics of Kinship and Community, Birkbeck Research in (BRAKC)
    Depositing User: Sarah Marks
    Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2017 09:23
    Last Modified: 03 Jul 2017 09:23
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/19066

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