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    Fundamentalism, gender and family therapy

    Frosh, Stephen (1997) Fundamentalism, gender and family therapy. Journal of Family Therapy 19 (4), pp. 417-430. ISSN 0163-4445.

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    Adherence to religiously and culturally defined communities is a complex affair, likely to be misconstrued by those perceiving such communities from the ‘outside’. This is a major reason why multiculturalism has failed to deal with the threat posed by religious fundamentalism. In particular, dissenting voices within these communities are marginalized. Fundamentalism is understood here as a specific anti-modern movement, a response to the crisis of rationality that draws on the same emotional forces as do postmodernism and feminism but to different ends. It is characterized by acceptance of the existence of absolute authority, militancy and anti-humanism. It casts women as both ‘ideal’ (as mothers and bearers of the culture) and ‘other’ (as sexual subjects). It embodies a failure of the imaginative capacity to tolerate difference and otherness, linking it with other narcissistic responses to the tensions of modernity. Challenging fundamentalism, in therapy and in politics, requires a more subtle understanding of the dynamics of dissent within cultural and religious communities too conveniently characterized by outsiders as homogeneous.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2017 12:41
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:34


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