As China’s sweeping social and economic reforms passes its third decade, a once reviled discipline is gaining popularity and prominence among the urban middle class. Described by some researchers as a ‘psycho-boom,’ the rise of the psychological sciences brings to the fore the unique challenges and issues of contemporary Chinese life for urban, middle class families through a psychological lens. Drawing on fieldwork conducted between 2011 and 2013 at a Beijing Family Therapy Center, this dissertation explores the implications of social (e.g. population control) and economic (e.g. privatization) policies for the imbricating of family relations, especially between mothers and sons. The author puts forth an ‘expansive-I’ notion of personhood which challenges the presumed singular concept of person. Additionally, based on participant-observation of family therapy sessions and interviews with family therapists, this dissertation emphasizes the contingent, interactive quality of therapy, complicating psychotherapy’s relationship to governmentality and biopower.
|Commitee:||Hansen, Helena, Schieffelin, Bambi, Zhang, Li, Zito, Angela|
|School:||New York University|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||DAI-A 77/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||China, Family, Mental health, Population, Psychological anthropology, Psychotherapy|
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