Psychoanalysis and Politics: Histories of Psychoanalysis Under Conditions of Restricted Political…

Hardcover | February 16, 2012

EditorJoy Damousi, Mariano Ben Plotkin

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More than just a therapeutic technique, psychoanalysis as a school of thought has redefined our ideas on sexuality, the self, morality, family, and the nature of the mind for much of the twentieth century. At its broadest, Freud's thinking on civilization and social forces provides a contextin which to consider the history of political struggle among individuals and societies. This volume explores a central paradox in the evolution of psychoanalytic thought and practice and the ways in which they were used. Why and how have some authoritarian regimes utilized psychoanalytic concepts ofthe self to envisage a new social and political order? How did psychoanalysis provide both theoretical and practical elements to legitimize resistance to those same regimes? How can a school of thought be co-opted so deftly by different groups for different political ends?Bringing together contributions from innovative scholars of history, politics, and psychoanalysis, this volume analyzes the various outcomes of this fascinating and influential theory's development under a wide spectrum of governments that restricted political and cultural freedoms from the 1930s tothe present. The regimes analyzed range from Fascist Italy, Vichy France, and Spain and Hungary under Fascism and Communism; modern Latin American dictatorships, such as Brazil and Argentina in the 1960s and 1970s; and the influence of Hoover, McCarthy, and the larger Cold War on psychoanalysis inAmerica.A fresh addition to an enormous body of scholarship, this will be required reading for academics interested in the relationship between politics and non-political systems of thoughts and beliefs, the transnational circulation of ideas, social movements, and the intellectual and social history ofpsychoanalysis.

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More than just a therapeutic technique, psychoanalysis as a school of thought has redefined our ideas on sexuality, the self, morality, family, and the nature of the mind for much of the twentieth century. At its broadest, Freud's thinking on civilization and social forces provides a contextin which to consider the history of political...

Joy Damousi, PhD, is Professor of History in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. Mariano Ben Plotkin, PhD, is a researcher at the National Council of Scientific Research (CONICET) and Professor at the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Argentina.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:February 16, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Mariano Plotkin and Joy Damousi: IntroductionIntroduction: Europe1. Mauro Pasqualini: Origin, Rise and Destruction of a Psychoanalytic Culture in Fascist Italy, 1922-19382. Annick Ohayon (translated by Edith Nicolas): Psychoanalysis under the Vichy Regime3. Anne-C.cile Druet: Psychoanalysis in Franco's Spain (1939-1975): Crcnica de Una "Agon!a" Anunciada4. Judit M,sz ros: Effect of Dictatorial Regimes on the Psychoanalytic Movement in Hungary before and after the Second World WarIntroduction: Latin America5. C. Lucia M.Valladares de Oliveira (translated by Christine Puleo Reis): Psychoanalysis in Brazil during Vargas' Time6. Alejandro Dagfal: Psychoanalysis in Argentina under Peronism and Anti-Peronism (1943-1963)7. Jane A. Russo: The Social Diffusion of Psychoanalysis during the Brazilian Military Regime: Psychological Awareness in an Age of Political Repression8. Mariano Ben Plotkin: The Diffusion of Psychoanalysis under Conditions of Political Authoritarianism: The Case of Argentina, 1960s and 1970sIntroduction: Psychoanalysis in the US during the Cold War and 1960s9. Elizabeth Ann Danto: "Have You No Shame": American Redbaiting of Europe's Psychoanalysts10. Eli Zaretsky: Psychoanalysis, Authoritarianism, and the 1960sSelect Bibliography