Law And The Unconscious: A Psychoanalytic Perspective by Anne C. DaileyLaw And The Unconscious: A Psychoanalytic Perspective by Anne C. Dailey

Law And The Unconscious: A Psychoanalytic Perspective

byAnne C. Dailey

Hardcover | November 28, 2017

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How do we bring the law into line with people’s psychological experience?

How can psychoanalysis help us understand irrational actions and bad choices? Our legal system relies on the idea that people act reasonably and of their own free will, yet some still commit crimes with a high likelihood of being caught, sign obviously one-sided contracts, or violate their own moral codes—behavior many would call fundamentally irrational.
Anne Dailey shows that a psychoanalytic perspective grounded in solid clinical work can bring the law into line with the reality of psychological experience. Approaching contemporary legal debates with fresh insights, this original and powerful critique sheds new light on issues of overriding social importance, including false confessions, sexual consent, threats of violence, and criminal responsibility. By challenging basic legal assumptions with a nuanced and humane perspective, Dailey shows how psychoanalysis can further our legal system’s highest ideals of individual fairness and systemic justice.
Anne C. Dailey is Evangeline Starr Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut. She is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School and has published widely on issues relating to children, families, and psychoanalysis. She lives in New Haven, CT.
Title:Law And The Unconscious: A Psychoanalytic PerspectiveFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.81 inPublished:November 28, 2017Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300188838

ISBN - 13:9780300188837

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Editorial Reviews

“With a rare combination of erudition, insight, and vision, Anne Dailey compellingly argues for a reintegration of legal and psychoanalytic thinking about human behavior. This is a provocative, historically grounded study with great contemporary relevance.”—Susanna Blumenthal, author of Law and the Modern Mind: Consciousness and Responsibility in American Legal Culture