Sexuality, Intimacy, Power

Sexuality, Intimacy, Power

by Muriel Dimen

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Can contemporary psychoanalysis tell us anything about sexuality that is new and clinically meaningful?  It most certainly can, answers Muriel Dimen in Sexuality, Intimacy, Power, a compelling attempt to revivify Freud's core interest, in "sexual impulses in the ordinary sense of the term." But there is nothing ordinary about Dimen's project.  Drawing on contemporary relational theory, feminism, and postmodernism, she takes a sustained, sometimes irreverent, look at assumptions about psychosexuality.  For Dimen, the shift from dualism to multiplicity that has reshaped a range of disciplines can also be brought to bear on our thinking about sexuality.  She urges us to return to the open-mindedness hiding between the lines and buried in the footnotes of Freud's writings, and to replace the determinism into which his thought has hardened with more fluid notions of contingency, paradox, and thirdness.
By unveiling the colloquy among psychoanalysis, social theory, and feminism, Dimen challenges clinicians and academicians alike to rethink ideas about gender, eroticism, and perversion. She explores, among other topics, the relations between Lust and libido; the limitations of Darwinian thought in theorizing homosexuality; the body as projective test; and the intimate tangle of love and hate between women. Generous clinical examples illustrate the ways in which a radical re-visioning of psychosexuality benefits therapists and patients alike.
Mixing medium and message, Dimen draws on a variety of disciplines and styles to delineate the ambiguities, contradictions, and paradoxes that subtend sexuality in all its personal and clinical complexity.  A brilliant example of contemporary psychoanalytic theory at its destabilizing best, Sexuality, Intimacy, Power is equally a historical document that will intrigue and enlighten students of women's, gender, and queer studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781134908813
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/17/2013
Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology at New York University, Muriel Dimen, Ph.D., is an Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and an Executive Editor of Studies in Gender and Sexuality.  She is the author of The Anthropological Imagination (1977) and Surviving Sexual Contradictions (1986) and is the coeditor of several collections, most recently Gender in Psychoanalytic Space (2002, with Virginia Goldner). 

Table of Contents

Prologue: A Personal Journey from Dualism to Multiplicity  I. The Story So Far: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Politics  1. The Engagement Between Psychoanalysis and Feminism: A Report from the Front  2. The Third Step: Freud, the Feminists, and Postmodernism  II. Mind, Body, Culture: Psychoanalytic Studies  3. On "Our Nature," or Sex and the Single Narrative  4. The Body as Rorschach  5. Between Lust and Libido: Sex, Psychoanalysis, and the Moment Before  6. Deconstructing Difference: Gender, Splitting, and Transitional Space  III. The Personal Is Political Is Theoretical: A Sampler  7. Power, Sexuality, and Intimacy  8. In the Zone of Ambivalence: A Feminist Journal of Competition  9. Perversion Is Us?  Eight Notes  Epilogue: Some Personal Conclusions

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