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Rekindling hope: deconstructing religious power discourses in the lives of Afrikaans women

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dc.contributor.advisor Krüger, J.S. (Jacobus Stefanus), 1940- en
dc.contributor.advisor Landman, Christina en Viljoen, Hester Josephina Isabella en 2009-08-25T10:54:19Z 2009-08-25T10:54:19Z 2009-08-25T10:54:19Z 2003-06-30 en
dc.identifier.citation Viljoen, Hester Josephina Isabella (2009) Rekindling hope: deconstructing religious power discourses in the lives of Afrikaans women, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract This qualitative action research was activated at the junction between three sites of operation of modern power: the site of the woman in the family, religious and cultural power discourses and the professional discourses of therapy. Using an action research design for this study focused the research on reaping benefits in real terms for the research participants. The researcher applied a postStructuralist, feminist and narrative approach to the phenomenon of failed personhood as manifested in the lives of two White Afrikaans women. Narrative therapy methodologiElS, steeped in a religious studies ethic were valuable guides on the therapy-as-research journeys, ensuring the exposure and deconstruction of dominant cultural and religious power discourses. In the course of the therapeutic and research journeys, various narrative therapy methodologies were used with positive effect on the life world of the participants. These methodologies included the externalisation of problems and the discovery of unique outcomes that constitute alternative, preferred life stories that contradict problem-saturated life stories of failed personhood. The research participants engaged in individual and communal conversations, relanguaging their self-narratives and religious narratives as part of the coconstruction of their preferred identities of moral agency and hope. Support networks were created for the research participants, Mara and Grace, to strengthen their new self- and religious narratives and to dislodge the power of the normative cultural and religious discourses of rugged individualism. In one instance, the researcher incorporated the healing power of South African bush veld, by inviting a group of women on a series of expeditions into the wilderness as part of Mara's journey. fn Grace's narrative, we utilised the modern technologies of the internet to connect her with a virtual response team and the Anti-Anorexia/Anti-Bulimia League. Storytelling and reflecting conversations formed the basis of the therapy-asresearch processes. The research participants extended therapy conversations beyond the therapy room, by actively participating in their therapy-as-research journeys. In line with narrative approaches, the researcher encouraged them to honour their skills and knowledges on their journeys: Mara extended her therapy by making resistance quilts while Grace assimilated her art, poetry and resistance writing into her healing process. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (231 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Afrikaans en
dc.subject Anorexia
dc.subject Counselling
dc.subject Deconstruction
dc.subject Discourse
dc.subject Embodiment
dc.subject Healing
dc.subject Hope
dc.subject Identities of failed personhood
dc.subject Mental illness
dc.subject Moral agency
dc.subject Narrative therapy
dc.subject Power
dc.subject Preferred identities
dc.subject Professional disciplines
dc.subject Religious discourse
dc.subject Social construction discourse
dc.subject Spirituality
dc.subject Women
dc.subject.ddc 259.425
dc.subject.lcsh Women, White -- South Africa -- Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Women, White -- Pastoral counseling of -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Anorexia nervosa -- Patients -- Pastoral counseling of
dc.subject.lcsh Feminist therapy -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Narrative therapy -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Pastoral counseling -- South Africa
dc.title Rekindling hope: deconstructing religious power discourses in the lives of Afrikaans women en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Religious Studies and Arabic D. Litt. et Phil. (Religious Studies)

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