The Family Interpreted: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Family Therapy / Edition 1

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The paradox of the contemporary family is that it is both patriarchal and father-absent. Family therapists reproduce these problems by blaming mothers, protecting fathers, ignoring issues of race and class, and settling for superficial symptom relief. In The Family Interpreted, Deborah Anna Luepnitz proposes a new practice grounded in psychoana-lytic feminism. Since its publication in 1988, this intelligent, irreverent, and incorrigibly witty book has become a classic, admired by the therapeutic community and feminist scholars. Luepnitz's work has permanently altered the debate about families, culture, and psychological change.
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Editorial Reviews

Carol Gilligan
Brilliant...a book of unusual wisdom and humanity.
Joel Kovel
At last, a book about the family that is clinically sophisticated and informed by a real understanding of society.... This book is a landmark in the field.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465023516
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Anna Luepnitz, Ph.D., is on the Clinical Faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She is the author of Schopenhauer's Porcupines (Basic Books, 2002). She maintains a private practice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Table of Contents

Part I
Re-membering the Family
Part II
A Feminist Critique of Eight Approaches to Family Therapy
Nathan Ackerman: The Patriarch's Legacy
Murray Bowen: The Politics of Rational Man
Virginia Satir: The Limitations of Humanism I
Salvador Minuchin: The Matter of Functionalism
Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy: The Limitations of Humanism II
Strategic Family Therapy: Perfecting the Unexamined Life
Carl Whitaker: Playing with Patriarchy
Milan Systemic Therapy: The Myth of Mythlessness
History and Insight: Toward a Feminist Theory of Psychotherapy with Families
The Family in History: Gender and Structure in Five Types of Families from Antiquity to the Present
A Critique of the Cybernetic Epistemology of Gregory Bateson
Psychoanalytic Theory as a Conceptual Source for Feminist Psychotherapy with Families
Care and Interpretation: Toward a Feminist Practice of Psychotherapy with Families
The DeWitts: The Case of a Therapist in Transition
The McGinns: “Irrational” Mom and a Method to Madness
The Johnsons: Dreams, Introjects, and the Black Family
—Carol Gilligan, Ph.D., Harvard University, author of In a Different Voice
—Joel Kovel, M.D., author of The Age of Desire: Case Histories of a Radical Psychoanalyst

Author Biography: Deborah Anna Luepnitz, Ph.D., is on the Clinical Faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She is the author of Schopenhauer's Porcupines (Basic Books, 2002). She maintains a private practice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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