Patriarchy and Its Discontents Psychoanalytic Perspectives
This anthology of interviews and essays joins luminaries in contemporary psychoanalysis with pioneers of feminism to provide a timely analysis of the crushing effects of patriarchy and the role that psychoanalysis can play in moving us into a future defined by mutuality and respect.
Departing from the contemporary psychoanalytic view that the socio-political and intrapsychic are inextricably linked, contributors use psychoanalysis as a tool to demystify and even dismantle patriarchy, while also examining how our theories, practices, and institutions have been implicated in it. The issues under examination here include important and often under-theorized topics such as institutional responses to boundary violations, the search for a black-feminist psychoanalytic theory, patriarchal enactments within the trans community, the persistence of patriarchy within contemporary psychoanalysis, and the impacts of patriarchy on diverse patient populations and ways to address this clinically.
This book represents the first anthology comprised of voices from both within and outside the psychoanalytic realm, outlining a contemporary feminist psychoanalysis for both an analytic and non-analytic audience. It is invaluable for both psychoanalysts and for those in gender studies wishing to draw on psychoanalytic thinking.
Introduction: Dis–man–telling Patriarchy: Reckoning, Opportunity, and Revitalization
Section I: Learning from Activists: Engaging with and Resisting Patriarchal Constraint
1. Interview with Gloria Steinem on Patriarchy
2. Interview with Carol Gilligan, Carol Jenkins, Emily Mann, and V (formerly known as Eve Ensler)
Sarah Schoen and Naomi Snider
Section II: On the Couch and in the Institute: How Patriarchy Impacts Psychoanalytic Theory, Practice, and Structure
3. Patriarchy in Psychoanalytic Theory and Organizations: The Oedipus Complex as Ideology
4. Outlining the Psychoanalytic "Playbook" toward a Transgressive Collective Response-Ability
5. Confusion of Wills Between the Teacher and the Student: Psychoanalytic Theory and the Persistence of Gendered Abuses of Power in Psychoanalysis
6. On Psychoanalysis's Invention of Patriarchy and the Democratic Significance of Anatomical Difference
7. Maternally Speaking: Mothers, Daughters, and the Talking Cure
8. In Search of our Mothers' Couches: Toward a Genealogy of Black Feminist Psychoanalytic Theory
9. Unmasking Psychoanalysis: An Emperor, a Boy, and the Search for New Clothes
10. Psychoanalysis in a Radically Changing World: How Do We Stand?
Section III: Psychoanalysis and Its Liberating Potential: A Clinical Perspective
11. Identity Searches and the Body
12. Patriarchy, Splitting, and Hunger for the Other
13. Working with Patriarchal Countertransference
Eugenio A. Duarte
14. Don't Take Up Space: How the Patriarchy Works to Undermine Trans Communities from Within
15. "Nasty Women" - Mobilizing Female Aggression to Potentiate Women and Silence the Patriarchy
Janet Rivkin Zuckerman
Section IV: Conclusion
16. Studies in Patriarchy: Intelligibility, Recognition, and Psychoanalysis' Category Trouble
"Patriarchy and Its Discontents is a gripping and original compendium of powerful confrontations with an old problem that vexes our mental and cultural life. An impressive group of authors grapple in exciting and illuminating ways with the question of how to analyze and resist the ever-mutating forms of this most fundamental source of human subjugation."
Jessica Benjamin, author, Beyond Doer and Done To: Recognition Theory Intersubjectivity and the Third
"Patriarchy and its Discontents boldly occupies the fraught and creative space carved out by the explosive encounter between psychoanalysis and feminism that has been making news for over a century. 'Patriarchy', a formal term claimed by feminists, and 'Discontents', the ironic thesis deployed by analysts, are here unleashed in these pages, each acting on the other in the service of making the kind of 'good trouble' neither could make on its own. These chapters, no matter their explicit focus, all hold the tension between the theoretical and the clinical, the personal and the political – and in so doing they showcase their big ambitions. No one can write in this space without striving for moral and philosophical depth, and for emotionalized thinking that cannot be anything but bravely personal. There is no cool way to tell this story – it comes out to get you, author and reader alike. Kudos to everyone on this big, wide, soulful project!"
Virginia Goldner, faculty, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy; founding editor, Studies in Gender and Sexuality; on-camera clinical advisor to Orna Guralnik, Showtime docuseries, Couples Therapy
"When I entered the psychoanalytic field in the early fifties, patriarchy was firmly in the driver’s seat; older, White, European (Teutonic) patriarchy at that. Over the past seven decades I have witnessed the most remarkable breakdown in that hegemony. We are now in the midst of radical revolutions in our tenets both in psychoanalysis and in the culture at large. Issues of race, gender, and genotype are all shifting rapidly, as are our presumptions about our own function as psychotherapists. We can no longer hide from the dynamics of power and its abuses. Petrucelli, Schoen, and Snider have organized a stellar collection of chapters and authors that heed this call. They show us where we’ve been, where we are, and one hopes offer glimpses into where we’re going. I wholeheartedly recommend this seminal book to readers in and out of our field who are interested in making sense of the chaotic sweep of change that is taking us into the future."
Edgar A. Levenson, fellow emeritus, training, supervisory analyst and faculty, William Alanson White Institute; adjunct clinical professor of psychology, NYU Postdoc