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    Psychotherapy in Europe

    Marks, Sarah (2018) Psychotherapy in Europe. History of the Human Sciences 31 (4), pp. 3-12. ISSN 1461-720X.

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    Psychotherapy was an invention of European modernity, but as the 20th century unfolded, and we trace how it crossed national and continental borders, its goals and the particular techniques by which it operated become harder to pin down. This introduction briefly draws together the historical literature on psychotherapy in Europe, asking comparative questions about the role of location and culture, and networks of transmission and transformation. It introduces the six articles in this special issue on Greece, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Russia, Britain and Sweden as well as its parallel special issue of History of Psychology on ‘Psychotherapy in the Americas’. It traces what these articles tell us about how therapeutic developments were entangled with the dramatic, and often traumatic, political events across the continent: in the wake of the Second World War, the emergence of Communist and authoritarian regimes, the establishment of welfare states and the advance of neoliberalism.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): clinical epistemologies, European history, geographies of science, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    SWORD Depositor: Mr Joe Tenant
    Depositing User: Mr Joe Tenant
    Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2019 13:31
    Last Modified: 04 Jul 2022 12:33


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