Writing Therapies—An Ethnographic Approach to Transcultural Therapies


  • Gesine Sturm Université Paris 13
  • Maya Nadig Universität Bremen
  • Marie Rose Moro Maison des Adolescents Hôpital Cochin




cross-cultural psychology, migration, therapy, ethno­psychoanalysis, ethnography, grounded theory


The paper presents an ethnographic research in the ethnopsychoanalytic tradition about a specific type of therapy, which was developed in France: the transcultural therapy in a "multicultural group setting." The authors detail the construction of their methodological approach, which relies on the French and the Swiss tradition of ethnopsychoanalytic research. This research buttresses the argument that the work on the therapeutic alliance, mediation and the construction of new meanings are central for this type of work. They also describe this setting as a space for profoundly creative encounters and the development of new meanings coming "from the margins" of French society. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs100319


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Author Biographies

Gesine Sturm, Université Paris 13

Gesine STURM is Lecturer at the Department of Psychology at the University of Paris 13 and member of the Institute of Cultural Studies at the University of Bremen (bik) in Germany. Her research and teaching concerns transcultural therapies, cultural broking in the field of social and mental health care, and ethnopsychoanalytic research methods.

Maya Nadig, Universität Bremen

Maya NADIG is Professor of European Ethnology at the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Bremen in Germany. Her teaching and research is focused on ethnopsychoanalytic methods and theories, postcolonial cultural theories, migration, transculturality and identities in the context of globalization.

Marie Rose Moro, Maison des Adolescents Hôpital Cochin

Marie Rose MORO is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Paris 5. Her teaching and research concerns transcultural psychiatry, psychopathology and intergenerational relations in the context of migration and globalization. She is in charge of the Department of Child and adolescent Psychiatry d'Avicenne and adolescent psychiatry of Cochin Hospital in Paris (France).


How to Cite

Sturm, G., Nadig, M., & Moro, M. R. (2010). Writing Therapies—An Ethnographic Approach to Transcultural Therapies. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 11(3). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-11.3.1558