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
02. Staging Desire: The Ideological Fantasy of Argentine (Football) Culture
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
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
12. A Voice Behind the Curtain: How Mexican Psychoanalysis Helped SHape the Work of Oscar Lewis
Ricardo Ainslie and Neil Altman
'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