Stephen Frosh

Stephen Frosh
Birkbeck, University of London · Department of Psychosocial Studies

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In his posthumously published book Learning from Cases, the British historian of science John Forrester argues for the value of an approach to knowledge based on case histories, with the psychoanalytic case being its exemplary instance. The general argument includes the claim that such cases offer an in-depth engagement with experience that produce...
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We present here the academic and professional trajectory of the psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, poet and university professor Durval Marcondes, which runs through the period of the 1920s to the 1980s. Marcondes pioneered—a ‘fearless pioneer’ image with which he identified—the implementation of psychoanalysis in São Paulo, both in his private practice...
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Psychoanalysis has a long history of engagement with racism, often through theorising racism’s sources. It has nevertheless been criticised for its neglect of Black experience and its narrowness in relating to the social realities of racism as lived in the wider Black community. Very recently, there have been attempts by psychoanalytic institutes a...
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This edited volume provides a critical history of psychoanalysis in Brazil. Written mainly by Brazilian historians and practitioners of psychoanalysis, the chapters address some central questions about psychoanalysis’ social role. How did psychoanalysis develop and flourish in a society in which modernisation was accompanied by inequality, authorit...
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This paper examines the phenomena of ‘postmemory’ as a mode of possession that responds to experiences of suffering. As such, the hyper-connectivity it is concerned with is not that of the digitalisation of contemporary life but is rather ‘vertical’ hyper-connectivity indicating the disturbance of past injustices that have neither been mourned nor...
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This introduction describes how psychosocial studies in the UK has emerged as a vibrant and varied set of theoretical concerns and empirical practices that share a number of agreed parameters. These include that it is inter- or transdisciplinary in nature; that it deals with the coming-together of ostensibly ‘social’ and ‘psychological’ factors; th...
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In some recent work on decolonization, there has been an attempt to claim some Jewish writers of the twentieth century as participating in a rethinking of ‘barbarism’ that aligns Jewish thought with the decolonial movement. This is problematic, especially because post-Holocaust and Zionist discourses have positioned Jews normatively as part of Euro...
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Apresentamos aqui a trajetória acadêmica e profissional do psiquiatra, psicanalista, poeta e professor universitário Durval Marcondes, que atravessa o período dos anos 20 aos anos 80 do século XX. Durval foi pioneiro – um “bandeirante destemido”, imagem com a qual se identificava – na implantação da Psicanálise em São Paulo, tanto em sua vertente c...
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If postmemory relates to how we might remain in thrall to previous generations, and indeed never escape the weight of our own and others’ histories, then a question arises about how anything ever ends. Does suffering endlessly recycle itself? In the words of Suzanne Hommel (in Miller 2011), quoted in Chap. 6, is it the case that whatever happens to...
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A central question that this book has worked on is that of what it might mean to remember something one was not part of, to memorialise an event or experience that happened to others with whom one might not be linked through ties of family or friendship – or even not linked in any ‘objective’ way, but simply through an act of imaginative identifica...
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Another kind of solidarity beckons, having to do with the possibility of communicating with others simply by virtue of ‘breathing the same air,’ as Gobodo-Madikizela (2016, p. 21) puts it. As discussed in Chap. 4, Gobodo-Madikizela’s phrase references an attitude towards recognition and acknowledgement that allows perpetrators and victims, and thos...
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The opposition ‘fury-forgiveness’ might be where we should begin. In his short text on Forgiveness, Jacques Derrida makes a comment on the necessity of forgiving the unforgiveable if forgiveness is to mean anything at all. He writes (Derrida 2001, p. 32), ‘Forgiveness is not, it should not be, normal, normative, normalising. It should remain except...
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Reflecting on ‘second generation’ experience, the ‘second generation’ here being the children of Holocaust survivors, Eva Hoffman leads us straight into the question of what it means to inherit suffering, and indeed what it means to ‘inherit’ another’s experience at all.
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Traces of past suffering are all around, but noting them and then responding to them are complex and uncertain tasks. Much of this book is concerned with problems of registering, recognising and acknowledging these traces, especially when one is caught up in them in some way, as a co-sufferer perhaps, or more likely as a witness, or even as someone...
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The question of how to find ways of responding to suffering and injustice in the context of being an ‘implicated witness’, raised at the end of Chap. 1, runs through this book. How do we make ourselves open to the experiences of others who have been wronged partly ‘in our name’, in the sense of in circumstances – current or historical – with which...
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This chapter explores some of the processes that might be necessary for the ground to begin to be cleared in order for recognition and acknowledgement to happen. It reaches back to Chap. 2 of this book in being concerned with what in some ways might be thought of as the first step: the articulation of hurt; or more fully, the conditions of speech a...
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This chapter explores the way in which psychoanalysis has engaged with political activity since its inception. It deals first with Freud’s ‘social theory’ and his commitment to a mode of social democratic practice that was partly manifested in the free psychoanalytic clinics in Berlin, Vienna and elsewhere in the 1920s and 1930s. The promise and li...
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Psychosocial studies in the UK is a diverse area of work characterised by innovation in theory and empirical research. Its extraordinary liveliness is demonstrated in this book, which showcases research undertaken at the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, UK, highlighting three domains central to the discipline –...
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This book explores the legacies of suffering in relation to ‘those who come after’ – the descendants of victims, survivors and perpetrators of traumatic events. It draws on recent discussions of ‘postmemory’ and ‘haunting’ that are concerned mainly with the transgenerational impact of personal and social trauma. It examines how we are connected to...
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This article explores the psychodynamics of writing through an examination of what it means to write 'without direction'.
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The ‘relational turn’ in social research raises many issues that might loosely be collected together under the heading of ‘reflexivity’. This can have a variety of meanings, but here, following a newly articulated ‘tradition’ in psychosocial studies, we are using it to think about how the relationality of the research process impacts upon, and is i...
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This paper approaches the history of psychoanalysis through the emphasis that psychosocial studies places on reflexivity and ethics. It argues that psychoanalysis has a strong and specific ethic based on the importance of developing and being allowed to use the capacity to understand one’s internal and external situation clearly, without constraint...
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The question of intergenerational transmission is very often focused on trauma. However, there is an equally, or maybe even more, important set of issues around the perpetuation of social identities over time that is connected to this. How do people hold onto these identities, even in the context of dispersal and significant social change? For Freu...
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Explorations of the manner in which affective states are interlaced with social phenomena have proliferated in recent years, partly as a consequence of the ‘turn to affect’ (Wetherell, Affect and Emotion: A New Social Science Understanding, Sage, 2012) but also of the development of queer and postcolonial studies, with their analyses of the differe...
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In this paper, we examine some aspects of the fate of Brazilian psychoanalysis during the 1964-1985 civil-military dictatorship. Presenting data from interviews with Brazilian psychoanalysts, and focusing on the activities of the Brazilian Psychoanalytic Society of São Paulo, we argue that the external political situation was paralleled by conserva...
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Stephen Frosh und Peter Emerson führen in ihrem Beitrag in die von ihnen selbst entwickelte Kritische Narrative Analyse ein. Sie verorten diese Methode im Feld der britischen psychosocial studies, das die scheinbaren Gegensätze von Individuum und Gesellschaft, Psychologie und Soziologie transzendiert und den Blick auf das ‚Dazwischen‘ – das Psychos...
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Steve Reich’s Different Trains, a work for string quartet and tape written in 1988, is widely recognised as one of the most significant musical compositions of the last thirty years. Built around speech samples that are mimicked by the quartet, alongside recorded sounds of train whistles and sirens, Different Trains can be an overwhelming experienc...
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Book synopsis: Sigmund Freud was not only the father of psychoanalysis, but also a profound and wide-ranging writer and theorist whose ideas influenced virtually every aspect of modern life and culture. Three-quarters of a century after his death, he continues to be the focus of heated argument and controversy, an object of both adulation and denig...
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Psychoanalysis has a central yet contested position in the emergence of psychosocial studies as a new ‘transdisciplinary’ space. Psychoanalysis potentially offers a vocabulary and practice of crossing boundaries that seems to be at one with the psychosocial project of understanding psychic and social processes ‘as always implicated in each other, a...
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The history of psychoanalysis in Brazil during the civilian-military dictatorship (1964-1985) has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years as an instance of institutional complicity with authoritarian rule. The case of Amilcar Lobo in Rio de Janeiro is now well known. However, there is less documentation of events in São Paulo, leading to a m...
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Book synopsis: Given the centrality of sexuality to theories of psychoanalysis, it is striking how little it is actually taught in institutes. This unique and creatively organized book seeks to remedy this lack, by creating a layered dialogue between academics writing queer and sexuality theories, practicing clinicians, and psychoanalytic theorists...
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From its beginning, psychoanalysis has always been a 'personal' affair. This paper presents an autobiographical account of engagement with psychoanalysis as an academic discipline, exploring particularly how it has become central to my concerns in psychosocial studies.
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This response to Miri Rozmarin’s article, “Staying Alive” (this issue), focuses on the question of what it might mean to create a response to matricide and patriarchal violence that is grounded in the particularities of cultural and personal history. Rozmarin’s rendering of a possible response to matricide through the mother-daughter genealogy is i...
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Psychoanalysis, the theory and practice of the “unconscious,” has an unconscious of its own, in the sense of containing unacknowledged assumptions that continue to affect it. The unconscious of psychoanalysis can be seen in the implicit models that it holds of the nature of the human subject, and particularly in the manner in which psychoanalytic “...
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Book synopsis: Psychoanalysis in the Age of Totalitarianism provides rich new insights into the history of political thought and clinical knowledge. In these chapters, internationally renowned historians and cultural theorists discuss landmark debates about the uses and abuses of ‘the talking cure’ and map the diverse psychologies and therapeutic p...
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This paper explores apparent shifts in the cultural use of psychoanalytic concepts, from narcissism, through melancholia, to paranoia. It tries to track these shifts, very loosely, in relation to changes in sociocultural and political atmospheres, noting that none of the shifts are complete, that each one leaves previous states of being and of mind...
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This is a review essay of Eli Zaretsky's 'Political Freud' and Rozine Perelberg's 'Murdered father, Dead Father'.
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Until recently, the growth and significance of Brazilian psychoanalysis has been neglected in histories of psychoanalysis. Not only is this history long and rich in its professional and cultural dimensions, but there was an especially important ‘event’ – the so-called ‘Cabernite-Lobo affair’ – that took place during the period of the military dicta...
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This special issue presents several papers that use psychoanalytic ideas to help understand the dynamics of conflict in the Israel-Palestine situation. Separately and as a whole, these papers also describe and advocate routes towards social justice. This introduction offers the rationale for the special issue and outlines the content of the individ...
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The context for this paper is an attempt to think through the possibilities and challenges of nonviolent resistance, with the shadow of the Israel-Palestine conflict looming over it. Drawing on the work of Jessica Benjamin, I outline how a theory of recognition becomes one of acknowledgement through the inclusion of a notion of a witnessing ‘third’...
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Here is how Dann Gunn (2002, p.1) begins his book, Wool-Gathering, or How I Ended Analysis: ‘We are all going to end some day or night: the problem being that, unless we are religious believers, we have no idea what this means’. And on the next page: I had one month left to go in analysis. But what did that mean? I had one month left to go. But wou...
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This article explores the nature of artistic and psychoanalytic encounters that promote a kind of endurance. What is meant here is that such encounters slow time down, reminding us that there is something important about stillness, about remaining with a situation until it organises itself under the pressure of its own desire. The pleasure and pain...
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Book synopsis: What is the role of the unconscious in our visceral approaches to cinema? Embodied Encounters offers a unique collection of essays written by leading thinkers and writers in film studies, with a guiding principle that embodied and material existence can, and perhaps ought to, also allow for the unconscious. The contributors embrace...
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Psychoanalysis has always grappled with its Jewish origins, sometimes celebrating them and sometimes trying to escape or deny them. Through exploration of Freud’s Jewish identity, the fate of psychoanalysis in Germany under the Nazis, and psychoanalytic theories of anti-Semitism, this book examines the significance of the Jewish connection with psy...
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Event synopsis: The work of Freud has shaped ideas, discussion and social discourse since the start of the twentieth century. This event revisited his key ideas and the influence they have had on society over the past hundred years. This event was the first in a series re-examining the life and works of influential historical figures from across th...
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This response to Lynne Segal’s Out of Time (2013) focuses on the cultural visibility of melancholia. I argue that melancholic time is just 1 element of the experience of being haunted by what has gone before and what is yet to come. Against the idea of the return of a past that is full of melancholic objects, I try to evoke an experience of repetit...
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Book synopsis: This concise companion explores the history of psychoanalytic theory and its impact on contemporary literary criticism by tracing its movement across disciplinary and cultural boundaries. Contains original essays by leading scholars, using a wide range of cultural and historical approaches Discusses key concepts in psychoanalysis, s...
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In response to Lynne Segal’s paper on the legacy of Margaret Thatcher, I briefly examine how Thatcher redefined the ‘social’ away from being an expression of care and mutuality. Playing on images of the dangers of infection and enfeeblement, she mobilised fears about dependency to create a discourse of strength and self-aggrandising invulnerability...
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Book synopsis: This ground-breaking collection recalibrates the study of political psychology by providing a detailed and much needed analysis of the discipline's most important and hotly contested issues. Advancing our understanding of the psychological mechanisms that drive political phenomena, this study showcases a range of approaches in the...
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Event synopsis: Ronald Fairbairn was the father of object relations theory, which now permeates modern psychoanalytic thought. He developed a distinctive psychology of dynamic structure that began with the infant’s need for relationships, and in which mental structure is based upon the relations between ego-structures and the internal objects that...
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There can be something arbitrary about titles that later, in a kind of après-coup, become significant. I remember sitting in a small meeting of dissident Birkbeck psychologists in 2000, debating what name we might give to our group in order to make it more prominent in the context of a Department of Psychology rapidly consolidating itself as a majo...
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Book synopsis: Lacan, Discourse, Event: New Psychoanalytic Approaches to Textual Indeterminacy is an introduction to the emerging field of Lacanian Discourse Analysis. It includes key papers that lay the foundations for this research, and worked examples from analysts working with a range of different texts. The editors Ian Parker and David Pavón-C...
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Book synopsis: The publication Art and Freedom: Psychoanalytical Reflection on the Significance of Art has been produced as part of the international project The Desire for Freedom, co-financed and sponsored by The Council of Europe. The project originated at and was co-ordinated by the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin, where in the autumn o...
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Psychoanalysis has a mixed reputation as a source of political understanding. On the one hand, it is an individualistic discipline that focuses on privatised psychotherapeutic work. In this clinical context, which is its major one and in which most of the creativity and development of psychoanalysis has been located, the tradition is to bracket off...
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Postcolonial theory has been ambivalent towards psychoanalysis, for good reasons. One of them is the general suspicion of psychological approaches, with their individualistic focus and general history of neglect of sociohistorical concerns. Additionally, there are specific elements of psychoanalysis’ conceptual framework that draw upon, and advance...
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Synopsis: Memory of historical events is necessarily collective, but acquires personal characteristics that are of the same nature as individual memory in general. This idea is illustrated through memories of holocaust survivors as they construct themselves in a particular biography of an Israeli child. Holocaust memories are then connected to the...
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Event synopsis: The symposium opens a dialogue that invites trans-disciplinary interrogations of psychoanalysis and cinema, fiction and documentary. It will investigate the interplay between the unconscious, its bodily expression and the speech/image on the one hand, and its position in culture and society on the other.
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Book synopsis: This book provides a rich collection of the work that has been informed by the ideas of the eminent family therapist and clinical psychologist, Dr David Campbell who died in August 2009. Contributors are drawn from different fields and describe models they have developed for organizational consultation, training, therapy and research...
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Event synopsis: Our identities are perpetually reinvented, (de)constructed, and narrated – yet they ultimately remain fragmentary and fragile. Specifically within our present age processes of identity formation are subjected to rapid changes and increasingly divergent challenges. With its second yearly theme, the cx investigates the multifaceted a...
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There is a lot in psychoanalysis that falls under the heading of ‘haunting’. Perhaps it even makes sense to think of its whole project that way — as a practice of exorcism. In a famous formulation, Freud (1909: 123) writes, ‘In an ana lysis… a thing which has not been understood inevitably reappears; like an unlaid ghost, it cannot rest until the m...
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Perhaps every generation has something that haunts it. Born in England within a decade of the end of the Second World War, my privileged generation of Jews was infected by the fragility of the times, by what had been lived through without enough opportunity for reflection, by awareness not only of immense loss, but also of the insecurity of being....
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It is easy to get into a melancholic state of mind, in which a sense of indefinable loss predominates. On a certain day, at the age of 57, I finished reading Gabriella Safran’s (2010) biography of An-sky, who had died at 57, and picked up W. G. Sebald’s (2001) novel, Austerlitz. Sebald too died at the age of 57. I am not superstitious, but this coi...
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In the vast psychoanalytic literature on the Biblical story of the binding of Isaac (the ‘Akedah’ in Hebrew), one traditional element gets very little mention. What is the connection between the Akedah and Isaac’s later blindness, both physical and spiritual? For Isaac goes blind, and the destiny of the Jewish people depends on this blindness. It i...
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There is something about ‘uncanny’ experiences that arouses people and produces in them a mixture of shivering pleasure and anxiety. It is not completely clear why this is so, why for instance the appearance of something uncanny might be more disturbing than any other unexpected event, or why it might also exert a pull that draws people in. In some...
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There are a variety of ways in which one can enter into the being of another person. Spirit possession of many kinds operates across cultures and is also found in psychoanalysis; what can one say about projective identification, for example, other than that it is a mode of insertion, of possessing the other? All the talk we have had of the ‘third’...
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Discussing transference, which is principally a phenomenon occurring in the clinic between a patient and an analyst, Eliza Slavet notes that it demonstrates how the present becomes filled up with the remnants of the past. These remnants are alive and active, giving them haunting power, the function, once again, of ghosts: There is a sense that tran...
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Psychoanalysis and telepathy are unexpected yet obvious twins. Alongside the undoubted rationalism of psychoanalysis, or perhaps as an underside to it, there is a different set of origins, associations and practices. Psychoanalysis would always be marked by its contact with the irrational because it could never contest and try to control it without...
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This article addresses the issue of how discursive analyses revealing the way personal accounts of masculinities are constructed can be supplemented by theories providing plausible explanations of how individuals take up particular subject positions. It is suggested that psychoanalytic concepts are helpful in this regard. An analysis is presented o...
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The rise of Lacanian psychoanalysis in the English-speaking world has been not only inexorable but also contested. Smuggled across from Europe in the 1970s as a mode of cultural criticism, it rapidly established itself in academic circles as a universalising discourse on culture, politics and art. This made it easy to pigeon hole as a form of post-...
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Book synopsis: Hauntings: Psychoanalysis and Ghostly Transmissions shows how the present is troubled by the past and by the future, using the idea of haunting to explore psychoanalytically how identities, beliefs, intimacies and hatreds are transmitted across generations and between people. It deals with the secrets that we inherit, the 'pull' of t...
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Book synopsis: Psychoanalytic theory remains hugely influential to our understanding of the mind and human behaviour. It provides a rich source of ideas for therapeutic practice, while offering dramatic insights for the study of culture and society. This comprehensive review of the field: Explores the birth of psychoanalysis, taking the reader ste...
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Book synopsis: Interpretation is an integral part of all qualitative research, yet relatively little has been written about its process. In her new book, Carla Willig, author of international bestseller Introducing Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology, sheds light on the role of interpretation in qualitative research in psychology and describ...
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Psychoanalysis, having been situated in the borders of natural and social sciences and humanities as well as at the crossroads of Romantic, Modern and Postmodern historical conditions, continues to inspire and learn from extremely rich human imagination, thought and experience. This volume brings together leading scholars and practitioners from dif...
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Book synopsis: Social Research after the Cultural Turn explores the contested meanings and diverse practices of social research in the context of contemporary theoretical debates in cultural and social theory. It addresses fundamental questions facing those working in the social and human sciences today. What are the possibilities, and challenges,...
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Book synopsis: Social Research after the Cultural Turn explores the contested meanings and diverse practices of social research in the context of contemporary theoretical debates in cultural and social theory. It addresses fundamental questions facing those working in the social and human sciences today. What are the possibilities, and challenges,...
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Social Research after the Cultural Turn explores the contested meanings and diverse practices of social research in the context of contemporary theoretical debates in cultural and social theory. It addresses fundamental questions facing those working in the social and human sciences today. What are the possibilities, and challenges, for social rese...
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This chapter examines the attitudes of the Nazis towards the 'Jewish science' of psychoanalysis. There are numerous ways of understanding the somewhat sorry tale of psychoanalysis in Germany in the Nazi period. At the simplest level, it is a story of individuals faced with circumstances hostile to the continuation of their professional work, who we...
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Event synopsis: This two-day conference, supported by the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism (Birkbeck, University of London), Birkbeck College, University of London and the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies of the University of Essex, will bring together historians, social theorists and psychoanalysts to explore the impact of the Second...

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