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discursive practice

A poststructuralist term for the way in which a discourse is acted on and circulated within a culture. For example, it is a discursive practice within some cultures for a man to shake hands when he greets another man but to refrain from doing so when greeting a woman.

Definition reprinted with permission from: Gerald Monk (Editor), et al Jossey-Bass, Inc.: Narrative Therapy in Practice: The Archaeology of Hope

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