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The Family Interpreted: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, And Family Therapy
     

The Family Interpreted: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, And Family Therapy

by Deborah Anna Luepnitz, Paki Wieland
 

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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.

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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.
Carol Gilligan
Brilliant...a book of unusual wisdom and humanity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465023516
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
05/01/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.87(d)

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Carol Gilligan
"Leupnitz's brilliant book joins the practice of family therapy to family history, feminist theory, and a psychoanalyticunderstanding of the ways people change. Her courage as a theorist is matched only by her openness in describing her practice as a therapist. This is a book of unusual wisdom and humanity."

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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