The Invisible Web: Gender Patterns in Family Relationships

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Bringing new focus to the subject, The Invisible Web investigates the family from a feminist perspective. Using the lens of gender, connections between mothers and daughters, fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, and husbands and wives are analyzed and given new meaning. The authors evaluate and redefine family transitions such as divorce, single-parent and female-headed households, and remarried couples who are attempting to integrate their respective children with ex-spouses and complicated networks of ...
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Overview

Bringing new focus to the subject, The Invisible Web investigates the family from a feminist perspective. Using the lens of gender, connections between mothers and daughters, fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, and husbands and wives are analyzed and given new meaning. The authors evaluate and redefine family transitions such as divorce, single-parent and female-headed households, and remarried couples who are attempting to integrate their respective children with ex-spouses and complicated networks of extended kin. They also reexamine traditional and emerging roles for women in their early, middle, and later years. Written in an engaging format, each chapter features an indepth analysis of how gender shapes the relationship in question. This discussion is followed by fascinating vignettes of actual cases from each of the four authors, whose approaches reflect different orientations to therapy.

Based on the work of the Women's Project in Family Therapy which won the 1986 AFTA Award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy, this groundbreaking work is an excellent text for courses in family therapy and women's studies, an invaluable guide for mental health practitioners, and an insightful read for anyone who wishes to explore the invisible web of gender patterns in families.

"The authors came together to raise the voice of women, among the many librettos of family therapy... ."--Family Therapy Networker

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Editorial Reviews

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"I adopted THE INVISIBLE WEB last semester for my Women's Studies course on psychology of women, and found it to be a perfect teaching text. It offers the best combination of family systems thinking and feminist issues that I have seen, and, perhaps most important, my students loved it! The case studies are immediately engaging and the issues they bring to life help to initiate productive class discussion. I intend to use it again and recommend it highly to other Women's Studies professors." --Naomi Rosenthal, Ph.D., SUNY at Old Westbury

"Like a country quilt, THE INVISIBLE WEB pulls together the living thought and practice of four leading women in the family therapy field, as they apply a feminist lens to their own treatment methods. This is not only a major event, but a unique one...' --Lynn Hoffman, M.S.W.

"INVISIBLE WEB, by the leading foremothers in the field of family therapy, is on my most highly recommended short list of readings in my family and couples therapy courses. Sparkling with clinical insights and case illustrations on gender dilemmas in relationships, it is always a favorite of students, men and women alike." --Froma Walsh, Ph.D., Professor, School of Social Service Administration and Department of Psychiatry, The University of Chicago & Co-Director, Chicago Center for Family Health

Contemporary Psychology

"Everyone must read this book. It has already revolutionized family therapy. "--Contemporary Psychology
Booknews
Based on the work of The Women's Project in Family Therapy, investigates the family from a feminist perspective. Family connections are reexamined, reevaluated, and redefined, using the lens of gender. Nontechnical accounts and analyses of case histories. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898624823
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/1991
  • Series: Guilford Family Therapy Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 422
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


OLGA SILVERSTEIN, M.S.W.
Co-author (with Bradford Keeney) of THE THERAPEUTIC VOICE OF OLGA SILVERSTEIN, Ms. Silverstein is currently a senior supervisor and faculty member at the Ackerman Institute of Family Therapy. She has lectured and taught internationally and maintains an extensive private practice in New York City where she lives with her husband, Fred. She is the mother of three young adults, Judy, Laura, and Michael, and the grandmother of a very special young man, Jeremy.

PEGGY PAPP, M.S.W.
Author of THE PROCESS OF CHANGE, editor of FAMILY THERAPY: FULL LENGTH CASE STUDIES, and co-founder (with Olga Silverstein) of the renowned Brief Therapy Project, Peggy Papp is a senior supervisor at the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy. She serves on the editorial board of Family Process, teaches internationally, and has held major faculty positions at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, the Center for Family Learning, and the Albert Einstein School of Medicine. She has two children, Miranda and Tony.

BETTY CARTER, M.S.W.
The first woman in the field to head a major training institute, Betty Carter is co-founder and Director of the Family Institute of Westchester, author of numerous articles and book chapters, international teacher, and clinical supervisor, she also conducts a large clinical practice in Mount Vernon, N.Y. She is co-editor (with Monica McGoldrick) of the recently revised book, THE CHANGING FAMILY LIFE CYCLE: A FRAMEWORK FOR FAMILY THERAPY. She is married to a musician, Sam Carter, and has two grown sons, Bennett and Timothy.

MARIANNE WALTERS, M.S.W.
Founder and current Director of The Family Therapy Practice Center in Washington, D.C., and Chair of the Women's Project, Ms. Walters participates in family therapy training in a wide range of settings here and abroad. During her tenure as Executive Director of the Training Center at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic and since, she has held faculty positions at a number of schools of social work and psychiatry. On the Editorial Board of the Journal of Family Therapy, she has contributed chapters to edited books on family therapy. The mother of three daughters, she resides in Washington, D.C. where she eagerly awaits the birth of her first grandchild.

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