First Do No Harm: The Paradoxical Encounters of Psychoanalysis, Warmaking, and Resistance

First Do No Harm: The Paradoxical Encounters of Psychoanalysis, Warmaking, and Resistance

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First Do No Harm: The Paradoxical Encounters of Psychoanalysis, Warmaking, and Resistance

At the outset of World War I - the "Great War" - Freud supported the Austro-Hungarian Empire for which his sons fought. But the cruel truths of that bloody conflict, wrought on the psyches as much as the bodies of the soldiers returning from the battlefield, caused him to rethink his stance and subsequently affected his theory: Psychoanalysis, a healing science, could tell us much about both the drive for war and the ways to undo the trauma that war inherently breeds, but its principles could just as easily serve the enemy's desires to inculcate its own brand of "truth."

Even a century later, psychoanalysis can still be used as much for the justifications of warfare and propaganda as it is for the defiance of and resistance to those same things. But it is in the investigation of the motives and methods behind these uses that psychoanalysis proves its greatest strength. To wit, this edited collection presents published and unpublished material by analysts, writers, and activists who have worked at the front lines of psychic life and war from various stances. Set at a point of tension and contradiction, they illustrate the paradoxical relation of psychoanalysis as both a site of resistance and healing and a necessary aspect of warmaking, propaganda, and militarism. In doing so, we venture from the home front - from the trauma of returning veterans to the APA's own complicity in CIA "black sites" - across international borders - from the treatment of women in Latin American dictatorships to the resistance to occupation in Palestine, from mind control to an ethics of responsibility. Throughout, a psychoanalytic sensibility deconstructs the very opposition that it inhabits, and seeks to reestablish psychoanalysis as the healing discipline it was conceived to be.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415996488
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/11/2010
Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series
Pages: 426
Product dimensions: 0.60(w) x 0.90(h) x 2.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Contributors xv

Editors' introduction xix

Part 1 Psychoanalysis and antiwar work: Healing 1

1 Where is the "post" in posttraumatic stress disorder?: First impressions working with Iraq and Afghanistan soldiers Tom Mcgoldrick 3

2 Men learn from history that men learn nothing from history Jean-Max Gaudillière 15

3 The psychoanalytic politics of catastrophe Ghislaine Boulanger 29

4 Whose truth?: Inevitable tensions in testimony and the search for repair Nina Thomas 45

Part 2 The paradox: Psychology's militarism 65

5 Psychologists defying torture: The challenge and the path ahead Stephen Soldz 67

6 From resistance to resistance: A narrative of Psychoanalytic activism Steven Reisner 107

7 Torture and the American Psychological Association: A one-person play Neil Altman 143

8 Violence in American foreign policy: A psychoanalytic approach Frank Summers 153

Part 3 War and militarism deconstructed 175

9 Psychoanalysis, vulnerability, and war Eli Zaretsky 177

10 Casus belli Françoise Davoine 201

11 Combat speaks: Grief and tragic memory Sue Grand 223

12 War stories Donald Moss 243

13 Notes on mind control: The malevolent uses of emotion as a dark mirror of the therapeutic process Ruth Stein 251

14 The gendering of human rights: Women and the Latin American terrorist state Nancy Caro Hollander 279

Part 4 Resistance 303

15 Living in the plural Eyal Rozmarin 305

16 The politics of identification: Resistance to the Israeli occupation of Palestine Steven Botticelli 327

17 Dread is just memory in the future tense Adrienne Harris 349

18 Resistance to resistance Lynne Layton 359

Index 377

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