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Out of Control
Family Therapy and Domestic Disorder


Volume: 189

March 1992 | 257 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In a unique comparative ethnography of two family therapy programs, Gubrium deftly shows how differing organizational perceptions make visible the social construction of domestic disorder. Contrasting images of home life--one viewing domestic order as a system of authority, the other as a configuration of emotional bonds--serve to highlight different senses of the family as being out of control and to recommend alternate forms of intervention. The idea that the reality of home life and domestic troubles are embedded in organizational activities and institutional images is an important commentary on the understanding of domestic life and the postmodern family. Out of Control provides stimulating reading for professionals and students in clinical psychology, family therapy, family studies, sociology, and qualitative methods.

 
PART ONE: THEMES AND SETTINGS
 
The Troubled Home
 
The Settings
 
PART TWO: WESTSIDE HOUSE
 
Discerning Domestic Authority
 
Constructing the System
 
Restoring Hierarchy
 
PART THREE: FAIRVIEW HOSPITAL
 
Domestic Sentiments and Control
 
The Rationalization of Feelings
 
Facilitating Expression
 
PART FOUR: THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF DOMESTIC DISORDER
 
Voice and Method
 
Language and Domestic Reality

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