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Handbook of Community-Based Clinical Practice$
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Anita Lightburn and Phebe Sessions

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195159226

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159226.001.0001

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Toward Critical Social Practices

Toward Critical Social Practices

Hermeneutics, Poetics, and Micropolitics in Community Mental Health

(p.84) 7 Toward Critical Social Practices
Handbook of Community-Based Clinical Practice

Marcelo Pakman

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the sources of strain for community-based practitioners historically, and how an understanding of the “poetics” and “micropolitics” of practice currently can help in the actual conditions of public mental health practice. It argues that poetics and micropolitics, as generative frames, legitimize the local social arena as a locus of a necessary expertise for psychotherapists. They are action-oriented frames that bring to the field the power of the mythical, generative, metaphoric word, opposed to the logos, the illusory literal word at the center of the Western metaphysical tradition that Jacques Derrida has relentlessly deconstructed. They bring poiesis, generation, to its place in a well-developed, theoretically-sound community mental health, as an area of participatory action-oriented science.

Keywords:   public health, mental health, mental health professional, poetics, micropolitics, psychotherapists

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