Between Fathers and Sons: Critical Incident Narratives in the Development of Men's Lives

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Explore the tensions and tenderness between fathers and sons in this masterpiece of narrative psychology!

“We live in a story-shaped world,” as the editors say, and Between Fathers and Sons: Critical Incident Narratives in the Development of Men's Lives shows how the stories we construct come to shape our perceptions of the world and of ourselves. The incidents recounted here are more than just moving, funny, or painful stories of fathers and sons. Each is a myth that helped ...

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Overview

Explore the tensions and tenderness between fathers and sons in this masterpiece of narrative psychology!

“We live in a story-shaped world,” as the editors say, and Between Fathers and Sons: Critical Incident Narratives in the Development of Men's Lives shows how the stories we construct come to shape our perceptions of the world and of ourselves. The incidents recounted here are more than just moving, funny, or painful stories of fathers and sons. Each is a myth that helped form the authors’social and moral identity.

This blend of feeling and intellect, story and analysis makes Between Fathers and Sons a work of art as well as a work of psychology. The contributors—many of them pioneers of narrative therapy—bring unique insight to bear on their own stories. Using a broad array of narrative forms, from the soliliquy to the multiple narrator, they explore and analyze themes of silence, mystery, respect, sports, self-reliance, and longing for continuity.

In the stories you will find in Between Fathers and Sons:

  • a father's disappointed silence is transformed as it resonates through four generations
  • a Korean immigrant faces the differences between his ideals of fatherhood and his son's American view
  • a father-son fishing trip ends with the biggest fish ever—or no fish at all
  • betrayed by his stepfather, a boy seeks guidance from stories of his dead father
  • a Baptist preacher helps his son make an agonizing choice
  • a grown man's memory of a childhood event gives him new insight into his father's identity and their relationship
Between Fathers and Sons is a landmark volume in father-son relationships and in narrative therapy. It is destined to become a classic in the field.
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Contributors, many of them pioneers in narrative therapy, blend feeling and analysis in stories of fathers and sons. Using a variety of narrative forms, from the soliloquy to the multiple narrator, they explore and analyze themes of silence, mystery, respect, self- reliance, and longing for continuity. Pellegrini teaches psychology at San Jose State University. Sarbin is emeritus professor of psychology and criminology at the University of California-Santa Cruz. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

About the Editors
Contributors
Ch. 1 General Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Sons and Fathers: The Storied Nature of Human Relationships 11
Sect. I Identity Stories
Ch. 3 I Am Older Than My Father 29
Ch. 4 Remembering the Origins of a Constructivist Psychologist 39
Ch. 5 Teaching by Doing 53
Ch. 6 Every Kid Deserves a Chance 61
Ch. 7 Responsibilities 69
Ch. 8 On Coming to Understand My Father: A Personal and Professional Journey 77
Sect. II Stories of Emotional Life
Ch. 9 The One That Got Away - Or Did It? 93
Ch. 10 Learning to Appreciate the Sublime: Don't Knock the Rock 105
Ch. 11 Remembering My Father 115
Ch. 12 Blessed Be the Name of the Father: Generational Echoes 125
Ch. 13 Their Way 141
Ch. 14 In Absentia 151
Sect. III Stories of Self-Understanding
Ch. 15 The Presence of What Is Missing: Memory, Poetry, and the Ride Home 165
Ch. 16 Paternal Role Slippage Across Cultures 177
Ch. 17 To Tell the Secrets of My Prison-House 187
Ch. 18 My Measure, My Guide, and Still a Mystery 199
Ch. 19 Farewell to Vienna: The Authority of Nostalgia 215
Epilogue 227
Index 229
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