Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
Michael White was interested in the ways people construct meaning in their lives. In developing the notion that people's lives are organized by their life narratives, White came to believe that stories don't mirror life, they shape it. That's why people have the interesting habit of becoming the stories they tell about their experience. White's innovative thinking helped shape the basic tenets of narrative therapy, which considers the broader historical, cultural and political framework of the family. White lived in Adelaide, South Australia. Together with his wife, Cheryl, White worked at the Dulwich Centre, a training and clinical facility that also publishes the Dulwich Newsletter, which White used to explore his ideas with the field. Michael died in April 2008 and will be remembered by many for his outstanding contributions to the world.