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Therapy Across Culture



March 1998 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`This is an important book which has a broader relevance to psychotherapists than its title suggests. In an academically rigorous style... and drawing on her own experience as an anthropologist and systemic (family) therapist, Inga-Britt Krause shows how ethnographic methodology (fieldwork) and its research findings can be drawn on to radically deepen our clinical insight into "difference"... Krause is both challenging and refreshing in her approach. She goes beyond asserting the need for insights to be gleaned from anthropology in cross-cultural clinical work to suggest that psychoanalysis itself could also benefit... Thinking about her book has focused my interest in the cultural dimensions of clinical work, and in the role of kinship, taboo and ritual, in the inter and intraprofessional conflicts which permeate our profession' - British Journal of Psychotherapy

This groundbreaking book demonstrates the importance of cross-cultural communication to psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and counselling. It gives an introduction to anthropological issues which are relevant to cross-cultural work, examining practical as well as conceptual aspects of culture. The book provides an overview and gives examples on which clinicians may draw to enhance their understanding of their clients, and which will help anthropologists to understand and interpret the personal circumstances of their informants.

Complex theories from ethnography and anthropology are explained and made accessible, while kinship, attachment and emotion, ritual and taboo are explored, illuminating how the cultural content of patterns of interaction and behaviour are expressed in ideas, feelings, attitudes and inclinations. Finally, it is argued that cross-cultural communication must originate in the therapist or anthropologist taking responsibility for becoming aware of his or her own assumptions as a starting point for cross-cultural work.

 
Introduction
 
The Makings of Ethnography
 
Kinship and Social Life
 
Families, Attachments and Emotions
 
Ritual, Meaning and Therapeutic Efficacy
 
Taboos and Secrets
 
Similarities and Differences
 
Connecting across Culture

`This is an important book which has a broader relevance to psychotherapists than its title suggests. In an academically rigorous style... and drawing on her own experience as an anthropologist and systemic (family) therapist, Inga-Britt Krause shows how ethnographic methodology (fieldwork) and its research findings can be drawn on to radically deepen our clinical insight into "difference"... Krause is both challenging and refreshing in her approach. She goes beyond asserting the need for insights to be gleaned from anthropology in cross-cultural clinical work to suggest that psychoanalysis itself could also benefit... Thinking about her book has focused my interest in the cultural dimensions of clinical work, and in the role of kinship, taboo and ritual, in the inter and intraprofessional conflicts which permeate our profession' - British Journal of Psychotherapy

`This is a fascinating, thought-provoking and creatively crafted book in which the author presents a convincing argument for forging links between the theories and practice of anthropology and those of psychotherapy. Krause provides a thorough exploration of the anthropological issues which are relevant to cross-cultural therapy and she discusses the complex theories of ethnography and anthropology in a reader-friendly manner... The book offers a wealth of expertly researched information, all of which is supported by the author's professional practice and personal experience... A commendable book' - Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling

`It has been a pleasure to read this book [which] examines not only the theoretical but also the practical aspects of culture, and introduces anthropological issues that are relevant to cross-cultural work. It offers not only an overview but, through numerous examples, makes a number of complex ethnographic and anthropological concepts easily accessible and comprehensible to professionals in counselling, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and others in the field of mental health... I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and welcome it as an important contribution to bridge the fields of anthropology and mental health. I am sure that it would be of great interest to academicians and practitioners of each of the above fields' - Transcultural Mental Health On-Line

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