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Freud and Education

1st Edition

By Deborah P. Britzman


168 pages

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The concept of education—its dangers and promises and its illusions and revelations—threads throughout Sigmund Freud’s body of work. This introductory volume by psychoanalytic authority, Deborah P. Britzman, explores key controversies of education through a Freudian approach. It defines how fundamental Freudian concepts such as the psychical apparatus, the drives, the unconscious, the development of morality, and transference have changed throughout Freud’s oeuvre. An ideal text for courses in education studies, human development, and curriculum studies, Freud and Education concludes with new Freudian-influenced approaches to the old dilemmas of educational research, theory, and practice.


"[Britzman’s] overall theme of "wild education," in tandem with Freud’s notion of "wild psycho-analysis," provides readers with a nuanced treatment of "learning from difficulties" and reiterates her own concept of "difficult knowledge"…Recommended [for] graduate and research collections."—CHOICE

Table of Contents

Series Editor Introduction

1. Freud, Psychoanalysis, and Education: An Introduction

2. Freud’s Education and Ours

3. The Transference-love or How Not to Write a Manual

4. Group Psychology and the Problem of Love

5. ‘Wild Education’: See Under Unsolved Problems Of

About the Author

Deborah P. Britzman is Distinguished Professor of Research at York University, Toronto and Psychoanalyst.

About the Series

Routledge Key Ideas in Education

Much more than introductions alone, the short, virtuosic Routledge Key Ideas in Education series volumes look to shape ongoing discussions in the field of education by putting the field’s contemporary luminaries in dialogue with its foundational figures and critical topics. From new students to senior scholars, these volumes will spark the imaginations of a range of readers thinking through key ideas and education.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Psychology
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General