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From Fragmentation to Wholeness: The Black South African Family Under Seige (Hardback)
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From Fragmentation to Wholeness: The Black South African Family Under Seige (Hardback)

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Hardback 198 Pages / Published: 06/12/1995
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This book proposes the creation of a family therapy model. The proposed model would stem from the particular circumstances of Black South African (or Azanian) families and would be context- and culture-specific. The author provides a documented account of the socio-economic and socio-political circumstances of the Azanian family. This account reveals the inextricable linkage between the Azanians family fragmentation, their condition of deprivation, and their perpetual experience of emotional upheaval. Next, the author argues that the same socio-economic and socio-political aspects which impinge upon the Azanian family are actually central to the family therapy theory and model, and, therefore, must not be ignored. The argument presented in this book demonstrates to readers how a community can be lead out of oppression and toward wholeness. This book will appeal to black and white academians and practitioners of therapy. From Fragmentation to Wholeness will be particularly appropriate for classes studying cultural diversity or the foundations for counseling and therapy. Contents: Foreword; Acknowledgments; List of Tables; List of Figures; The South African Scenario; The Genesis of Fragmentation; Fragmentation of Family; Family Therapy: A Critique of Two Major Schools.

Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761801313
Number of pages: 198
Weight: 372 g
Dimensions: 221 x 143 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Keith Appolis has written a book that gives an illuminating perspective on the black South African family...This may signal the beginning of an Afrocentric approach, a fresh paradigm in the exploration of knowledge pertaining to black South Africans." -- Mwizenge S. Tembo, Bridgewater College * African Studies Review *
Dr. Appolis challenges the applicability of traditional family counseling and therapy models to the black South African (Azanian) context. While recognizing the contributions of Edwin Friedman, Salvador Minuchin, and others to the field of family therapy, Appolis establishes the need for a revolutionary counseling and therapy model that takes seriously the culture and the social, economic, and political realities of Azanian family life. Traditionalists in family therapy will find Appolis's work disturbing and perhaps even unacceptable, but no one can deny that he breaks new ground and provides new directions for scholarship on the subject. -- Lewis V. Baldwin, Vanderbilt University
Dr. Appolis challenges the applicability of traditional family counseling and therapy models to the black South African (Azanian) context. While recognizing the contributions of Edwin Friedman, Salvador Minuchin, and others to the field of family therapy, Appolis establishes the need for a revolutionary counseling and therapy model that takes seriously the culture and the social, economic, and political realities of Azanian family life. Traditionalists in family therapy will find Appolis's work disturbing and perhaps even unacceptable, but no one can deny that he breaks new ground and provides new directions for scholarship on the subject. -- Lewis V. Baldwin, Vanderbilt University

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