The Uses of Chaos

The Uses of Chaos

by Roger Grainger


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This book is about experiences of personal chaos and their relationship to creativity. It presents evidence that creativity emerges where it seems totally unlikely, in things and places which are not usually associated with it: catastrophe, utter hopelessness and desperation, grief and depression, social oppression and injustice, failure and boredom. All these are chaotically disruptive of what we usually call ‘quality of life’. In fact, they are different kinds of chaos, which represents the effective reversal of human meanings, thus bringing home the limitations of simple theorising. In this book the author concentrates on ways in which chaos impels us to make new kinds of sense of life, and to start living in a world which we experience as authentically different from whatever went before. This is chaos as a sustaining presence which is essential for life as it alone permits real change to take place.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783034301312
Publisher: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Publication date: 07/28/2010
Pages: 139
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)

About the Author

Roger Grainger received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Leeds University in 1979, following it with a Ph.D. in the Sociology of Religion (CNAA) in 1992. He is Professor Extraordinary at Northwest University, South Africa, and Senior Research Fellow in Psychology and Therapeutic Studies at Roehampton University. Having worked in the mental health field for more than thirty years, he combines his academic work with his psychotherapeutic involvement as a Senior Practitioner of the British Psychological Society. He is an Associate Fellow of the BPS and a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Table of Contents

Contents: Deconstruing life-experience – Death and funerals – Jesters, or how authority gets undermined – Facing nothingness – Hanging on in....– Static chaos – On going round and round – Life-out-of-death – Frankenstein, or who’s in charge of the monster – Embracing the whirlwind – The broken heart.

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