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On Commodifying The Care of The Soul: A Critical Hermeneutic of Profiting in Therapeutic Practice


2011 2011

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This dissertation seeks to critique psychotherapy as a commodified practice and is, thus, concerned with the ontological questions and concerns raised in understanding the lifeworld of profiting-as-process in the exchange of money and the collection of fees within psychotherapeutic care. As such, I seek to address the following question: has therapy become something other than its original practice or intention when it began to profit and be commodified? A phenomenologically rooted critical hermeneutic exploration of this process is employed to help reveal the hidden connections between the symbolic relations of money and profiting and the social networks of power that maintain psychotherapy as a commodified practice. This work is not concerned with the linear origins of the commodification of psychotherapy, per se. Rather, it seeks to trace the happenstance meeting of, and relational changes in, the forces that transformed psychotherapy into a service to be produced, marketed, purchased, and consumed. A phenomenological exploration of when and how therapy became paid, the historical-cultural contexts and situatedness of when this occurred, and what became of therapy will be utilized. This will include a phenomenological understanding of profiting in general and its presence in therapeutic practice in particular. This will unfold non-linearly in a genealogical analysis as proposed by Nietzsche, morphing in a Foucaultian understanding of this approach, and taking such forms as critical hermeneutics as proposed by Koegler, through metabletics. Lastly, the final chapter of this dissertation will explore the possibility of a non-commodified psychotherapy.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Philosophy;
Clinical psychology
Classification
0422: Philosophy
0622: Clinical psychology
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology; Psychology; Care of the soul; Commodification; Critical hermeneutics; Fee for service; Profiting; Therapeutic practice
Title
On Commodifying The Care of The Soul: A Critical Hermeneutic of Profiting in Therapeutic Practice
Author
Fitzpatrick, Michael
Number of pages
151
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
0971
Source
DAI-B 72/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124764092
University/institution
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
University location
United States -- Illinois
Degree
Psy.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3463682
ProQuest document ID
880869419
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/880869419
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