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Aboriginal Populations In The Mind
     

Aboriginal Populations In The Mind

by Celia Brickman
 

ISBN-10: 0231125836

ISBN-13: 9780231125833

Pub. Date: 10/01/2003

Publisher: Columbia University Press

What part does racial difference play in psychoanalysis? What can be learned when considering this question from a postcolonial perspective? In this subtle and commanding analysis, Celia Brickman explores how the colonialist racial discourse of late-nineteenth-century anthropology found its way into Freud's work, where it came to play a covert but crucial role in

Overview

What part does racial difference play in psychoanalysis? What can be learned when considering this question from a postcolonial perspective? In this subtle and commanding analysis, Celia Brickman explores how the colonialist racial discourse of late-nineteenth-century anthropology found its way into Freud's work, where it came to play a covert but crucial role in his notions of subjectivity. Brickman argues that the common psychoanalytic concept of "primitivity" as an early stage of psychological development unavoidably carries with it implications of an anthropologically understood "primitivity," which was conceived by Freud -and perhaps still is today -in colonialist and racial terms. She relates the racial subtext embedded in Freud's thought to his representations of gender and religion and shows how this subtext forms part of the larger historicizing trend of the psychoanalytic project. Finally, she shows how colonialist traces have made their way into the blueprint for the clinical psychoanalytic relationship and points to contemporary trends in psychoanalysis that may make possible a disengagement from this legacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231125833
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
0.62(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

The Figure of the Primitive: A Brief Genealogy
Psychoanalysis and the Colonial Imagination: Evolutionary Thought in Freud's Texts
Race and Gender, Primitivity and Femininity: Psychologies of Enthrallment
Historicizing Consciousness: Time, History, and Religion
Primitivity in the Analytic Encounter
Epilogue

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