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    Where did class go? psychoanalysis and social identities

    Frosh, Stephen (2009) Where did class go? psychoanalysis and social identities. Sitegeist: A Journal of Psychoanalysis and Philosophy 3 , pp. 99-116. ISSN 1756-2082.

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    In comparison with the lively literature on gender, sexuality and race, there is a relative silence on social class as a category for analysis in psychoanalysis. Many theories have implications for a class analysis: for example, this paper describes Althusser’s influential account, and Adorno’s notion of the administered society as well as Butler’s recent reflections on ‘precacity’. However, such theories tend to be abstract in relation to class issues. It is suggested here that this abstraction might be connected to a sense of shame over the interference of economic matters in the clinical practice of psychoanalysis, and that this might reflect an idealising wish to divorce psychoanalysis from its materialist base. The intervention of money and economics into psychoanalysis shows the impossibility of a pure relation of love in a society which is structured around dominance and inequality.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics (MAMSIE)
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2015 15:38
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:15


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