1st Edition

Culture, Politics and Race in the Making of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis Breaking Boundaries

Edited By Roger Frie, Pascal Sauvayre Copyright 2022
    292 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    292 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Winner of the 2023 American Board & Academy of Psychoanalysis Book Prize!

    Culture, Politics and Race in the Making of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis traces the emergence of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis and demonstrates how the radical, cross-disciplinary dialogues that form its foundation are relevant to present-day social and cultural challenges.

    Psychoanalysts today are grappling with how to address a host of societal and political crises. In the 1930s, a similar set of crises led a group of progressive practitioners and scholars to engage in a radical, cross-disciplinary dialogue that became the foundation for Interpersonal Psychoanalysis. Pioneering psychoanalysts created a form of thought and practice that viewed human suffering through the wider lens of society and culture and provided a means to address the pervasive issues of racism, sexuality and politics in human experience. With contributions from leading psychoanalysts and scholars, and by making use of original sources, this book evidences the significance of this approach to understanding marginalisation today.

    Written in an open and accessible fashion, Culture, Politics and Race in the Making of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis demonstrates the importance of the early interpersonal-cultural school for the present moment. The book will appeal to a broad audience in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, the history of medicine, and social and cultural theory.

    The Sociocultural Turn: An Introduction 

    Roger Frie and Pascal Sauvayre

    1. The Roots of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis: Harry S. Sullivan, Interdisciplinary Inquiry, and Subjectivity 

    Naoko Wake, Roger Frie and Pascal Sauvayre

    2. Anthropology and Psychoanalysis: A Lost Dialogue Over Time 

    Victoria Malkin 

    3. More Simply Human Than Otherwise: Interpersonal Psychoanalysis and the Field of the "Negro Problem" 

    Michelle Stephens

    4. The Philosophical Grounding of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis: Alfred Dunham Jr. and Racial Politics 

    Pascal Sauvayre

    5. Reproduction and Resistance: Psychoanalysis in the Midst of the Political Economy 

    Katharina Rothe

    6. Do Less Harm: Notes on Clinical Practice in the Age of Criminal Justice Reform 

    Julian Adler and Olivia Dana

    7. Immigrants in Our Own Country: Responsibility Towards the Past and Future of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis 

    Orsolya Hunyady

    8. Considering the Radical Contributions of Clara Mabel Thompson 

    Ann D'Ercole

    9. Psychoanalysis in the Shadow of Fascisim and Genocide: Erich Fromm and the Interpersonal Tradition

    Roger Frie


    Roger Frie is Professor of Education, Simon Fraser University, Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and Faculty and Supervisor, William Alanson White Institute, New York. He is an award-winning author and has published many books on human interaction, historical responsibility and cultural memory.

    Pascal Sauvayre is faculty, supervising and training psychoanalyst at the William Alanson White Institute, New York. He studies and writes at the disciplinary boundaries of psychoanalysis, and he has a private practice in New York City.

    In this timely volume, Roger Frie and Pascal Sauvayre have gathered together a series of fascinating essays that take us back to a time when psychoanalysts engaged productively with the social sciences and the social world of their patients. The pioneering explorations of race, sexuality, and human relatedness chronicled here—many of them suppressed and forgotten—offer vivid testimony to the capaciousness and the radical possibilities of the interpersonal perspective in the clinical tradition. Full of unexpected pleasures, this book is a must-read for anyone concerned with the fate of psychoanalysis in our fractured world.

    Elizabeth Lunbeck, Professor of History of Science, Harvard University

    The authors of this text have made a tremendous contribution to contemporary psychoanalysis by reviving the early and forgotten contributions made by the Interpersonal School that speak critically to the conformist attitudes and values embedded within our current practice. It provides a critical link for conceptualizing our present racial, political, economic, and social {dis-ease} through a much-needed psychoanalytic lens. This book is well done and needs to be read by early career and senior analysts alike.

    Kirkland C. Vaughans, Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University

    Finally! An insightful, politically-astute book that demonstrates the importance of interdisciplinary dialogue for addressing past and present issues of race, class and gender. Contributors look back to the pathbreaking first issue of the journal Psychiatry and examine a range of subjects from assimilation and conformity to criminal justice reform and the contemporary peril of fasicism. Frie and Sauvayre's book should be assigned throughout psychology programs—it is that important to our profession and our society.

    Philip Cushman, author of Constructing the Self, Constructing America