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Relational Psychoanalysis, Volume 4
Expansion of Theory

ISBN 9780415888257
Published September 2, 2011 by Routledge
456 Pages

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Book Description

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.

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.

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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.


"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