Freud's Answer: The Social Origins of Our Psychoanalytic Century

Freud's Answer: The Social Origins of Our Psychoanalytic Century

by Martin Wain
     
 

In this stimulating and original book, Martin Wank provides the first coherent view of the roots of Freudian psychoanalysis, showing how Freud and his colleagues were social, political, and economic therapists in the broadest sense.See more details below

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In this stimulating and original book, Martin Wank provides the first coherent view of the roots of Freudian psychoanalysis, showing how Freud and his colleagues were social, political, and economic therapists in the broadest sense.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Despite mixed therapeutic results at best, psychoanalysis has been highly influential in shaping the modern sensibility. Wain argues that this is true because Freudian thought arose as a response to a crisis of 19th-century thought and served to contain that crisis by offering new certainties to replace the old ones lost in the French and Industrial revolutions. While the idea of therapy as social control has been delineated more forcefully and originally by Michel Foucault and Thomas Szasz, among others, this title does offer new ideas on the reasons Freudian thought was attractive to the intellectual elite of the early 20th century. -- Mary Ann Hughes, Neill Public Library, Pullman, Washington
Booknews
Argues that the reason for the growth and success of the psychoanalytic theories of Freud and his colleagues was a broad social crisis which threatened the order of the European liberal democracies. The theories of Freud, according to the author, were a normalizing force which no longer equated social rebellion with sin or political disobedience, but with a sickness supported by the "objectivity" of science. Psychoanalysis was, in the end, a new control which took the place of authority in the name of the king, the church, or the family.
Books & Culture: A Christian Review
Breezy, unscholarly, but with shrewd insights...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566632164
Publisher:
Ivan R Dee
Publication date:
10/01/1998
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.41(d)

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