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Relational Psychoanalysis, Volume 4

Expansion of Theory, 1st Edition

Edited by Lewis Aron, Adrienne Harris


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Building on the success and importance of three previous volumes, Relational Psychoanalysis continues to expand and develop the relational turn. Under the keen editorship of Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris, and comprised of the contributions of many of the leading voices in the relational world, Volume 4 carries on the legacy of this rich and diversified psychoanalytic approach by taking a fresh look at recent developments in relational theory. Included here are chapters on sexuality and gender, race and class, identity and self, thirdness, the transitional subject, the body, and more. Thoughtful, capacious, and integrative, this new volume places the leading edge of relational thought close at hand, and pushes the boundaries of the relational turn that much closer to the horizon.

Contributors: Neil Altman, Jessica Benjamin, Emanuel Berman, Jeanne Wolff Bernstein, Susan Coates, Ken Corbett, Muriel Dimen, Martin Stephen Frommer, Jill Gentile, Samuel Gerson, Virginia Goldner, Sue Grand, Hazel Ipp, Kimberlyn Leary, Jonathan Slavin, Malcolm Owen Slavin, Charles Spezzano, Ruth Stein, Melanie Suchet.


"This anthology, the fourth in this series, focusing on 'expansion' in terms of the current state of relational psychoanalysis, illuminates not only a deepening of thought but also an intensified intertwining of ideas and domains, with a particular focus throughout on keeping creative and reflective space open. Consistently, the chapters reveal that the relational turn, along with the essential influences of feminist theory, gender and social theory, and the deconstructions of many of the polarizations that have served as dogma in our sociopolitical realm, continues to open up dialogic space, posing challenging questions that encourage a constant rethinking and deeper understanding of what renders us human, vital, and engaged. Through this volume we, as an ongoing relational community, are invited to think more deeply about and quest more piercingly many of the contradictions we have accepted for too readily and reflexively." - Hazel Ipp, From the Foreword

"Why read any anthology of psychoanalytic work? These tomes commonly sit on library reference shelves, waiting for students taking survey courses and for the instructors who teach them. Here worth considering throughout is Relational Psychoanalysis, Volume 4: Expansion of Theory, a fresh sampling of papers, primarily plucked from the last decade as the relational movement began to congeal. It contains many of the clearest voices across the panoply of predominantly American Relational, Self Psychological and Interpersonal theorists." -Virgina Rachmani M.A., L.C.S.W., American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2014

Table of Contents

Ipp, Foreword. Aron, Harris, Editors' Introduction. Dimen, Money, Love, and Hate. Leary, Passing, Posing, and "Keeping it Real." Slavin, The Innocence of Sexuality. Goldner, Ironic Gender/Authentic Sex. Benjamin, Beyond Doer and Done To. Coates, John Bowlby and Margaret S. Mahler. Berman, The Happy Prince, the Giving Tree. Altman, Whiteness. Suchet, Unraveling Whiteness. Spezzano, A Home for the Mind. Frommer, On the Subjectivity of Lustful States of Mind. Grand, Sacrificial Bodies. Gentile, Between Private and Public. Corbett, Gender Now. Stein, The Otherness of Sexuality. Gerson, When the Third is Dead. Bernstein, Revisiting "Mourning and Melancholia," One More Time. Slavin, Lullaby on the Dark Side.

About the Editors

Lewis Aron, Ph.D., is the Director of the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He was the founding president of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP), and was formerly President of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Aron was the founding President of the Division of Psychologist-Psychoanalysts of the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA), and was Distinguished Professor of Psychoanalysis in The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at the C. W. Post Campus of Long Island University.

Dr. Aron is internationally recognized as a teacher and lecturer on psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. He teaches numerous ongoing study groups to professional therapists. Dr. Aron is in the private practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in Port Washington and New York City, and he provides consulting and development services to executives, businesses, associations, and organizations.

Adrienne Harris, Ph.D., is Clinical Associate Professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and is a Visiting Scholar at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. She is an Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and a Consulting Editor for Studies in Gender and Sexuality. She has co-edited The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi with Lewis Aron, and Storms in Her Head: Freud and the Construction of Hysteria with Muriel Dimen. Her book on developmental theory and chaos theory, Gender as a Soft Assembly, was published in 2005.

About the Series

Relational Perspectives Book Series

The Relational Perspectives Book Series (RPBS) publishes books that grow out of or contribute to the relational tradition in contemporary psychoanalysis. The term relational psychoanalysis was first used by Greenberg and Mitchell (1983) to bridge the traditions of interpersonal relations, as developed within interpersonal psychoanalysis and object relations, as developed within contemporary British theory. But, under the seminal work of the late Stephen Mitchell, the term relational psychoanalysis grew and began to accrue to itself many other influences and developments. Various tributaries—interpersonal psychoanalysis, object relations theory, self psychology, empirical infancy research, and elements of contemporary Freudian and Kleinian thought—flow into this tradition, which understands relational configurations between self and others, both real and fantasied, as the primary subject of psychoanalytic investigation.  

We refer to the relational tradition, rather than to a relational school, to highlight that we are identifying a trend, a tendency within contemporary psychoanalysis, not a more formally organized or coherent school or system of beliefs. Our use of the term relational signifies a dimension of theory and practice that has become salient across the wide spectrum of contemporary psychoanalysis. Now under the editorial supervision of Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris with the assistance of Associate Editors Steven Kuchuck and Eyal Rozmarin, the Relational Perspectives Book Series originated in 1990 under the editorial eye of the late Stephen A. Mitchell. Mitchell was the most prolific and influential of the originators of the relational tradition. He was committed to dialogue among psychoanalysts and he abhorred the authoritarianism that dictated adherence to a rigid set of beliefs or technical restrictions. He championed open discussion, comparative and integrative approaches, and he promoted new voices across the generations.  

Included in the Relational Perspectives Book Series are authors and works that come from within the relational tradition, extend and develop the tradition, as well as works that critique relational approaches or compare and contrast it with alternative points of view. The series includes our most distinguished senior psychoanalysts along with younger contributors who bring fresh vision.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health