Questions for Constructing Panic: The Discourse of Agoraphobia by Lisa Capps and Elinor Ochs. Harvard University Press, 1995.
The Agony of Agoraphobia
- What did you learn about agoraphobia in the first chapter?
Why is looking at socialization important?
- Why do Capps and Ochs argue that one needs recorded material to
2: In Her Own Words
- What are the two theories of panic that can be found in Meg's stories?
- How are
stories "windows on theories"?
Ch. 3: Telling Panic
is an inciting or initiating event?
kind of relationship do Capps & Ochs posit between reality
do stories contain theories? Why are they challengeable? What is
a "core panic episode"? Give an example.
4: A Grammar of Panic
- What are the linguistic forms that compose a grammar of panic?
Ch. 5: Accommodation as a Source of Panic
What is the setting of a story?
Is the recurrent circumstance that anticipates panic in Meg's stories?
is Meg's communicative dilemma?
Ch. 6: Non-accommodation as an Outcome of Panic
On what grounds do Capps and Ochs argue that non-accommodation is an outcome of panic?
- What does it mean to say that agoraphobia is a communicative
Ch. 7: Paradoxes of Panic
Explain the two paradoxes: (1) Out of Control Is in Control and (2) It Is Rational to Act Irrational.
Ch. 8: Constructing the Irrational Woman
- How does Meg construct her husband, William, as a panopticon?
- What does it mean to say that "psychological dispositions exist not in the isolated mind of an individual ... but rather are constructed in interactions between people . " (p. 132)?
Ch. 9: Socializing Emotions
- What is Capps and
Ochs' definition of "socialization"?
does the "dead bird" episode illustrate?
does it mean to say that socialization is "cultural apprenticeship"?
- How are categorical
attributions used by Meg?
does Meg undermine her children's sense of control?
does the "Ski lessons story" illustrate?
- Be prepared to say in what ways an interactionally oriented narrative analysis can provide therapeutic insights for the study of psychological disorders.