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    Desire, demand and psychotherapy: on large groups and neighbours

    Frosh, Stephen (2008) Desire, demand and psychotherapy: on large groups and neighbours. Psychotherapy and Politics International 6 (3), pp. 185-197. ISSN 1476-9263.

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    Abstract

    Explanations of the disturbing effects of large groups are sought in the group analytic literature, where there is an emphasis on boundary disturbance, and in contemporary psychoanalytic and social theory, where the peculiar nature of the neighbour has become a topic for investigation. It is argued that the human subject is an interrupted subject, with the other/neighbour being a key figure in creating this interruption. In large groups, the alien nature of the neighbour who is both close and unknowable comes to the fore, disrupting attempts to cover over this interruption and promoting confusion and dislocation. The large group is consequently expressive of specific forms of contemporary sociality, and also suggestive for an ethical practice of psychotherapy that does not reduce to consolation.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): large groups, neighbours, psychoanalysis, ethics
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
    Research Centre: Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics (MAMSIE)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2011 12:12
    Last Modified: 12 Dec 2016 14:28
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2190

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