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Psychoanalysis as Social and Political Discourse in Latin America and the Caribbean

Edited By Paola Bohórquez, Verónica Garibotto Copyright 2022
    222 Pages
    by Routledge

    222 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This book offers a regional, intersectional, and transnational perspective of psychoanalysis in Latin America and the Caribbean that illuminates psychoanalysis's role as social and political discourse through a collection of original interventions in the fields of psychoanalysis, cultural studies, psychology, anthropology, health sciences, history, and philosophy.

    The authors contribute to discussions about the applicability of psychoanalytic concepts to reading Latin American and Caribbean sociopolitical phenomona as well as how these regionally specific dimensions challenge and transform traditional psychoanalytic notions. Firstly, the book offers a regional overview of psychoanalysis as a discourse that reflects on the imbrication between the psychic and the sociopolitical. Secondly, it showcases intersectional perspectives that illuminate psychoanalysis's potentials and limitations in addressing contemporary problematics around race, gender, sexuality, and class. Finally, the book attests to the area's role in advancing psychoanalysis as a transnational discipline.

    By providing both a balanced regional overview and an interdisciplinary perspective, the volume will be essential for all psychoanalysts and scholars wanting to undersrand the place of psychoanalysis in Latin American and Caribbean discourse.

    00. Introduction. Beyond the Therapist Couch: Psychoanalysis as Social and Political Discoure in Latin America and the Caribbean 

    Paola Bohórquez and Verónica Garibotto 

    Section I: Reading Latin America and the Caribbean: Sociopolitical Perspectives 

    01. Feminicides, Psychoanalysis, and the Status of Social Desire in Our Time 

    Horacio Legrás

    02. Staging Desire: The Ideological Fantasy of Argentine (Football) Culture 

    Andrés Rabinovich

    03. Titanyen and Collective Trauma in Haiti 

    Jana Evans Braziel

    04. A Phantom in the Andes: An Anasemic Reading of La hora azul and La distancia que nos separa 

    Pablo G. Celis-Castillo

    05. From "Work of Mourning" to "Spectral Figurations:" Contributions of Psychoanalysis to the Listening of the Emotional Management of Absence in Cases of Political Violence in Latin America 

    Juan Pablo Aranguren-Romero and Juan Nicolás Cardona-Santofimio

    Section II: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality: Intersectional Perspectives 

    06. In Defense of Psychoanalysis: How Afro-Brazillian Histories Subvert and Get Subverted by the Psychoanalytic Experience 

    Claudia Dos Reis Motta and Antonio Luciano de Andrade Tosta

    07. The Politics of Psychoanalysis in Colombia: Social Action for the Representation of the Radical Other 

    Silvia Rivera-Largacha and Miguel Gutiérrez-Peláez

    08. The Predictive Imaginary of Gender: Reading Lucía Puenzo's XXY (Argentina, 2007) as an Emotional Situation

    Oren Gozlan

    09. Trans-transvestite Childhoods: Considerations for an Out-of-Closet Psychoanalysis in Argentina and Uruguay

    Mauricio Clavero Lerena 

    Section III: Popular Reception and Public Circulation: Transnational Perspectives 

    10. Anarchists, Socialists, Communists, and Freudians: The Working Class in Chile and their Reception of Psychology and Psychoanalysis (1920-1950) 

    Mariano Ruperthuz Honorato

    11. The Early Expansion of Psychoanalysis in Latin America. The Key Role of the Argentine Revista de Psicoanálisis 

    Alejandro Dagfal

    12. A Voice Behind the Curtain: How Mexican Psychoanalysis Helped SHape the Work of Oscar Lewis

    Ricardo Ainslie and Neil Altman


    Paola Bohórquez is assistant professor, teaching stream, cross-appointed between Woodsworth College and the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto. She has published in the Journal of Intercultural Studies, Synthesis, and Tusaaji: A Translation Review, and in the collections On and Off the Page: Mapping Place in Text and Culture, American Multicultural Studies, and La Lingua Spaesata: Il Multilinguismo Oggi.

    Verónica Garibotto is professor of Latin American literary and cultural studies at the University of Kansas. She is the author of Crisis y reemergencia: el siglo XIX en la ficción contemporánea de Argentina, Chile y Uruguay (2015) and Rethinking Testimonial Cinema in Post-Dictatorship Argentina (2019), and co-editor, with Jorge Pérez, of The Latin American Road Movie (2016).

    'Reading this fascinating collection, I realized that, finally, we have a book that addresses the complexities of psychoanalysis in Latin America. Focusing on the political, cultural and social specificities of the region, this is an indispensable book that, from a novel and interdisciplinary perspective, fills an important gap existing in the big narratives on psychoanalysis. Its wonderfully crafted chapters question the possibilities and limitations of a psychoanalytic approach to the Latin American multiverse reality. It will become a must read for anyone interested in psychoanalysis and in Latin American culture and politics in general.'
    Mariano Ben Plotkin, researcher at the Centro de Investigaciones Sociales (CONICET) and Professor at the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero

    'Psychoanalysis is here decolonized thanks to intense, unforgettable readings of urgent issues ranging from feminicide violence, to an impossible mourning for the desaparecidos, to melancholy and necropolitics, to decolonized clinical practice with Afro-Brazilians, to the plight of intersex and trans-transvestite children. This fiercely relevant collection shows how psychoanalysis in Latin America and the Caribbean brings about a transformation of race, class, and gender while redrawing the map of transnational psychoanalysis today.'
    Patricia Gherovici, psychoanalyst and author of Transgender Psychoanalysis: A Lacanian Perspective on Sexual Difference