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The Routledge Handbook of Psychoanalysis in the Social Sciences and Humanities

1st Edition

Edited by Anthony Elliott, Jeffrey Prager


496 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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The Routledge Handbook of Psychoanalysis in the Social Sciences and Humanities provides a comprehensive, critical overview of the historical, theoretical and applied forms of psychoanalytical criticism. This path-breaking Handbook offers students new ways of understanding the powers and limits of psychoanalysis, and of the social, cultural and political possibilities of psychoanalytic critique.

The book offers students and professionals clear and concise chapters on the development of psychoanalysis, introducing key theories that have influenced debates over the psyche, desire and emotion in the social sciences and humanities. There are substantive chapters on classical Freudian theory, Kleinian and Bionian theory, object-relations psychoanalysis, Lacanian and post-Lacanian approaches, feminist psychoanalysis, as well as postmodern trends in psychoanalysis. There is a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches to psychoanalytic critique, with contributions drawing from developments in sociology, politics, history, cultural studies, women’s studies and architecture.

Table of Contents

Part I: Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Theories 1. Sigmund Freud: Psychoanalysis and the unconscious, Matt Ffytche 2. Kleinian Psychoanalysis, Edna O’Shaughnessay 3.Infant Observation, Margaret Rustin 4. Winnicott and Psychoanalysis, Jeffrey Prager 5. Bion and Psychoanalysis, Rafael Lopez-Corvo 6. Jacques Lacan: Frued’s French interpreter, Sean Homer 7. Attachment Theory and Mentalization, Peter Fonagy & Chloe Campbell 8. Psychoanalysis and the Analytic Field, Antonino Ferro & Giuseppe Civitarese 9. Intersubjectivity, Jessica Benjamin 10. Contemporary European Psychoanalysis, Anthony Elliott 11. 20th Century American Psychoanalysis, Nancy Chodorow 12. Mexican Psychoanalysis in the 20th Century, Ruben Gallo 13. British Psychoanalysis in the 20th Century, Caroline Polmear Part II: Psychoanalysis in the Social Sciences and Humanities 14. History and Psychoanalysis, Michael Roth 15. Sociology and Psychoanalysis, Michael Rustin 16. Philosophy and Psychoanalysis, Adrian Johnston 17. Literature and Psychoanalysis, Madelon Sprengnether 18. Architecture and Psychoanalysis Elizabeth Danze & Stephen Sonnenberg 19. Cinema (Film) and Psychoanalysis, Andrea Sabbadini 20. Psychoanalysis and the Visual Arts, Ellen Handler Spitz 21. Law and Psychoanalysis, David Caudill 22.Feminism, Gender and Psychoanalysis, Janet Sayers 23. Psychoanalysis and Sexuality, Muriel Dimen 24. Psychoanalysis and Reconciliation, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela 25. Psychoanalysis and Political Repression, Max Hernandez 26. Psychoanalysis and Trauma,

About the Editors

Anthony Elliott is Director of the Hawke Research Institute and Executive Director of the Hawke EU Centre, where he is Research Professor of Sociology at the University of South Australia. He is Visiting Global Professor of Sociology at Keio University, Japan and Visiting Professor of Sociology at UCD, Ireland. His recent books include Concepts of the Self (3E, 2014), Psychoanalytic Theory: An Introduction (3E, 2015) and Identity (4 volumes, 2015).

Jeffrey Prager is a Professor of Sociology at UCLA, former Dean and Senior Faculty member of the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles and in private practice in Beverly Hills. His published research is on social repair in Post-conflict societies, cross-generational transmission of trauma, and American racism and reparations. He is the author of many books and articles, including the award-winning Presenting the Past, Psychoanalysis and the Sociology of Misremembering (Harvard).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General