Social Edges Of Psychoanalysis

Social Edges Of Psychoanalysis

by Neil J. Smelser
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520214897

ISBN-13: 9780520214897

Pub. Date: 03/19/1999

Publisher: University of California Press


For several decades the writings of sociologist Neil J. Smelser have won him a vast and admiring audience across several disciplines. Best known for his work on social movements, economic sociology, and British social history, Smelser's psychoanalytic writings are less familiar to his readers. In fact, many people are completely unaware of Smelser's formal…  See more details below

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For several decades the writings of sociologist Neil J. Smelser have won him a vast and admiring audience across several disciplines. Best known for his work on social movements, economic sociology, and British social history, Smelser's psychoanalytic writings are less familiar to his readers. In fact, many people are completely unaware of Smelser's formal psychoanalytic training and ongoing counseling practice. With the publication of The Social Edges of Psychoanalysis, Smelser's thought-provoking essays on psychoanalytic concepts are finally brought together in one book.

Psychoanalytic theory has had an ambivalent relationship with sociology, and these essays explore that ambivalence, providing arguments about how and why psychoanalytic approaches can deepen the sociological perspective. One of Smelser's main tenets is that human social behavior always contains both social-structural and social-psychological elements, and that psychoanalytic theory can bridge these two dimensions of human social life. Many of the issues Smelser addresses—including interdisciplinarity, the macro-micro link in research, masculinity and violence, and affirmative action—have generated considerable scholarly interest.

This collection paves the way for further articulation of the relationship between sociology and psychoanalysis at a time when many sociologists are looking for interdisciplinary links in their work. Presented with clarity and grace, and free of the murkiness often found in both sociological and psychoanalytic writing, Smelser's new book will excite reflection and research on the less visible dynamics of social existence.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520214897
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/19/1999
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
1Psychoanalysis and Sociology: Articulations and Applications3
2Social and Psychological Dimensions of Collective Behavior36
3Erik Erikson as Social Scientist68
4Some Determinants of Destructive Behavior85
5Vicissitudes of Work and Love in Anglo-American Society93
6Collective Myths and Fantasies: The Myth of the Good Life in California111
7The Politics of Ambivalence: Diversity in the Research Universities125
8Problematics of Affirmative Action: A View from California141
9The Rational and the Ambivalent in the Social Sciences168
10Depth Psychology and the Social Order197
11The Psychoanalytic Mode of Inquiry in the Context of the Behavioral and Social Sciences218
Index251

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