Lacanian Psychoanalysis between the Child and the Other explores what topology can contribute to clinical work with children, emphasizing that psychoanalytic listening goes beyond the individuals who attend a session. This kind of listening does not seek for what is hidden inside; rather it seeks to create a continuous topological transformation, with topology regarded as the most sophisticated way in which structure, structuring and playing can be thought.
Using Lacan’s theoretical framework, the book provides a new perspective on working with children, re-examining fundamental Lacanian concepts such as structure, subject, lack, Other, clinic and, of course, child itself. It charts how time and space are knitted together for children in psychoanalysis, and how a Lacanian approach can enable clinical practitioners and researchers to venture into cultures of childhood, helping them conceptualize and intervene in the process of knitting and unknotting.
The book will be of interest to psychoanalytic child clinicians in practice and training, as well as researchers in the field of child psychoanalysis.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Foreword by Ian Parker; Introduction: perspective: the unfolding of a clinic; Chapter 1 About psychoanalysis and other stories; Chapter 2 The infantile and the child in Freudian theory; Chapter 3 The Lacanian subject: notes for considering the place and function of the child in psychoanalysis; Chapter 4 Language in analytical listening with children; Chapter 5 Towards a topological articulation with the clinical praxis; Chapter 6 What is a child-specter in psychoanalytical clinic?
Liora Stavchansky, PhD, psychoanalyst. She was born in Mexico City. Her practice is distributed between the psychoanalytic clinic and teaching at several universities, institutions and groups. Her research interests relate to childhood, infancy, subjectivity and writing topics as well as psychoanalysis. She is a member of Escuela de la Letra Psicoanalítica (ESLEP, México). She has published a number of psychoanalytic books in Mexico and Argentina.