Masculinity and Femininity Today

Editor : Ester Palerm Mari, Editor : Frances Thomson-Salo

Masculinity and Femininity Today

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2013
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 186
  • Category :
  • Catalogue No : 33864
  • ISBN 13 : 9781780491905
  • ISBN 10 : 1780491905

Reviews and Endorsements

Published for the Committee on Women and Psychoanalysis (COWAP)

‘Ester Palerm Mari and Frances Thomson-Salo offer in this book a remarkable contemporary view of masculinity and femininity from a psychoanalytic perspective, putting together contributions from distinguished authors from different analytic cultures and theoretical origins. Among the many merits of their enterprise, the authors dig into the sometimes enigmatic universe of masculinity and allow us to have a clearer understanding of what it means to become a person with both masculine and feminine components, illustrating this journey with moving clinical material. The extreme relevance of these contributions for a better understanding of the analyst´s mind at work with his/her patients is clearly evidenced. For these reasons, I strongly recommend this stimulating work not only for analysts and students of this field, but to all those interested in having a comprehensive and fresh update of one of the most fascinating tasks of human development along the life cycle.’
- Claudio Laks Eizirik, past President of the International Psychoanalytical Association

‘Bringing together eleven authors’ views on the psychology of masculinity and femininity, this rich and diverse collection of essays gives readers a fresh look at what it means to become, to be and to perceive oneself as male or female. These essays illustrate how psychoanalytic deliberation around gender development is at its best when it provides objective clinical and theoretical perspectives about human nature in all its manifold expressions, unencumbered by the shibboleths of outdated prejudices and politically correct assumptions alike. I warmly recommend it to clinicians, teachers and students in the field of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.’
- Alexandra Billinghurst, Vice President-elect of the International Psychoanalytical Association and President of the Swedish Psychoanalytic Society

‘Following in the wake of COWAP’s creative endeavours this book confronts the tumultuous socio-cultural changes that are taking place in the fields of sexuality and gender identity, while maintaining the highest standards from a psychoanalytical perspective and thus surpassing the clamour of mere phenomenological aspects. Despite adhering to different theoretical models, all the authors, of both sexes, confirm that the “feminine question” is much more than a chapter – albeit revolutionary – in the history of psychoanalysis. Instead, it entails a profound reconsideration of the whole developmental process of the human being requiring, within the relational dimension between men and women, a re-examination of the masculine as well as the feminine aspects in the interaction and integration of the very early as well as the more evolved levels: a process that is still dramatically taking place today.’
- Simona Argentieri, Italian Psychoanalytical Association, and co-editor of Language, Symbolization, and Psychosis

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