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Interamerican Journal of Psychology

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PACHECO TREJO, Ayme  and  SUAREZ CASTILLO, María. Co-constructing histories: to the search of luminous facts in the familiar narratives on the consumption of drugs. Interam. j. psychol. [online]. 2008, vol.42, n.3, pp.537-548. ISSN 0034-9690.

This research is located under the theoretical framework of social constructionism. The families stories about drug use are explored with a comprehensive approach-interpretive, since it assumes that people relate and build their realities through interaction dialogue among participants, which includes the investigator himself. The purpose to this study was to identify the facts that illuminate the contradictions and promote the emergence of alternative histories, by means of illuminate little aspects of the experience, and questioning social hegemonic practices and speeches. To that end presents the case of a family member with a consumer. The conversational spaces were three and was used semi-structured on the basis of the proposal narrative by Michael White (2002a, 2002b). The results allow us to see the breakdown of the dominant story, a story fraught with problems; labels become knowledge-power relationships that are articulated with a network of social controls and standards. A learning culture which is personified in forms of consumption, ways of relating, ways of becoming ill, cure, and death, explicitly, learning that penetrates the consciousness and the relationship with the consumer, without necessarily perceived as a control mechanism negative. The conclusion is about the importance of a collective reconstruction, which represents a vision of reality as a result of a reflexive action of the participants, through social knowledge sharing, which realize the richness and complexity of the stories on family consumption drugs.

Keywords : Family; Substance use; Narrative; Co-construction.

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