A Problem Aired: Exploring Radio Therapeutic Discourse and Ethical Self-Formation

Hodges, Ian Colin. 1998. A Problem Aired: Exploring Radio Therapeutic Discourse and Ethical Self-Formation. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London [Thesis]

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The operation of power within psychotherapeutic practice is explored within a media (radio) counselling setting utilising a discourse analytic approach informed by Foucault's later work (1988, 1992).

I argue that psychotherapeutic practices tend to escape the problem of power and following a review of psychotherapy 'process' research, a Foucauldian theoretical framework is presented - drawing upon Foucault's account of ethics (1992) - as providing a means to understand the counselling process as discursive and the operation of power in relation to regulatory practices of the self.

A three-part discourse analysis is reported in which media therapeutic exchanges (broadcast telephone conversations) are explored in relation to (discursive) modes of subjection, processes of problematisation and the relation of the exchange to the overhearing audience. The results of the analysis are discussed with reference to the range of means through which clients may be made responsible for their own 'cure' and the manner in which therapeutic discourse has been able to adapt itself to a contemporary media setting.

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Thesis (Doctoral)

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Radio Therapeutic Discourse, Ethical Self-Formation, Foucauldian Theoretical Framework, Discursive Modes of Subjection, Processes of Problematisation, Relation of the Exchange



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07 Jul 2020 10:58

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08 Sep 2022 12:49



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