Blacks And Jews On The Couch: Psychoanalytic Reflections On Black-jewish Conflict

Hardcover | October 1, 1998

EditorAlan Helmreich, Paul Marcus

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"Black-Jewish relations--at the symbolic level--are in shambles," writes Cornel West. One has only to recall the 1991 Crown Heights tragedy and its aftermath to recognize to what extent Black-Jewish relations have deteriorated. The emergence of frequently anti-Semitic black demagogues like Louis Farrakhan and Leonard Jeffries and the Jewish community's turn to neo-conservatism have only made matters worse. Mistrust, ambivalence, and other negative feelings characterize much of Black-Jewish relations. Unlike most books on this topic which are written from a sociocultural, historical, and literary perspective, this anthology looks at the psychological motives, beliefs, and desires that impair relations between the two groups. For example, unresolved vulnerabilities in respective communities from the Holocaust and slavery remain driving and complex passions that still disrupt Black-Jewish relations. Psychoanalysis is a powerful conceptual tool to untangle these issues and other aspects of the larger societal race-relations problem.

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"Black-Jewish relations--at the symbolic level--are in shambles," writes Cornel West. One has only to recall the 1991 Crown Heights tragedy and its aftermath to recognize to what extent Black-Jewish relations have deteriorated. The emergence of frequently anti-Semitic black demagogues like Louis Farrakhan and Leonard Jeffries and the J...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.58 × 6.36 × 0.98 inPublished:October 1, 1998Publisher:Praeger Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0275956660

ISBN - 13:9780275956660

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?This superb book brings the psychoanalytic searchlight to the exploration of Black-Jewish conflict....By bringing psychoanalytic psychology into the discourse, the editors have filled a significant void in the scholarly literature on Black-Jewish conflict and admirably contributed to a deeper understanding of race relations in this country. Future work in this arena will be incomplete without reference to the book's observations and conclusions-both explicit and implicit.?-The Psychoanalytic Review