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    ‘Like kings in their kingdoms’: Conservatism in Brazilian psychoanalysis during the dictatorship

    Frosh, Stephen and Mandelbaum, B. (2017) ‘Like kings in their kingdoms’: Conservatism in Brazilian psychoanalysis during the dictatorship. Political Psychology 38 (4), pp. 591-604. ISSN 1467-9221.

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    In this paper, we examine some aspects of the fate of Brazilian psychoanalysis during the 1964-1985 civil-military dictatorship. Presenting data from interviews with Brazilian psychoanalysts, and focusing on the activities of the Brazilian Psychoanalytic Society of São Paulo, we argue that the external political situation was paralleled by conservatism within the Society, with some dangerous consequences. We attend especially to tensions between right- and left-wing psychoanalysts, denunciations and fear, and the impact of Bion’s ideas. We conclude by suggesting that the ‘complicity’ of the Society with the governing norms was coincident both with the self-interests and attitudes of particular individuals, and with normalising institutional tendencies in psychoanalysis itself.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the article, which has been published in final form at the link above. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): psychoanalysis, conservatism, Brazil, dictatorship
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Stephen Frosh
    Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2017 15:28
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:31


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