Broken Bounds: Contemporary Reflections on the Antisocial Tendency

Editor : Christopher Reeves

Part of The Winnicott Studies Monograph Series - more in this series

Broken Bounds: Contemporary Reflections on the Antisocial Tendency

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2012
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 160
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  • Catalogue No : 32092
  • ISBN 13 : 9781780490373
  • ISBN 10 : 1780490372

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In 2009–2010, The Squiggle Foundation, whose aim is to stimulate interest in the work of Donald Winnicott, organized a series of lectures on the theme of “the antisocial tendency”. These lectures are offered here to the wider public much as they were originally given. The speakers, each one an established figure in child care policy or in the residential and therapeutic management of disaffected youngsters, reflect on society’s changing attitudes towards antisocial behaviour and its manifestations over the past half century. They consider how altered childrearing practices, the greater incidence of family break-up, and the increasing part played by central government in the determination of child care policies, have contributed to a shift towards the more punitive attitudes towards “wayward youth” prevalent today. Brief, pointed, and accessible, these lectures address topics of contemporary social concern by identifying some of the underlying questions to be asked regarding the child, the family, and society in a mass-communication and mass-organized environment.

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'There are few in the broad world of psychoanalysis who do not find themselves enlivening their conversations from time to time with much cherished quotes from the imaginative mind of D. W. Winnicott. His writings are filled with such fine observations that it is impossible not to be captured by the insights that he drew from them. He learnt a great deal from his experiences as a paediatrician, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, and made a major contribution to the understanding and significance of the early mother/infant relationship. This monograph, which marks the fortieth anniversary of his death, pays tribute especially to his enduring concept of the anti-social tendency. There is much here of interest to a wide readership. Child development; individual, residential, and systemic therapy; a history of social policy; and the relationship between child and state are just some of the subjects covered. All the contributors have been inspired in one way or another by the creativity of Winnicott's compassion and intuition, invaluable in its relevance to the perplexities of our time.'
- Peter Wilson, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, co-founder and former Director of YoungMinds, and Clinical Adviser to The Place2Be

The book comprises six lectures, each exploring from a different viewpoint the current relevance of Winnicott's reflections on the nature and sources, as well as the management, of "the antisocial tendency" in the context of today's social problems affecting the young.

Current debates about "the sick society" and its causes indicate a current widespread unease about the quality of much contemporary child-rearing practice, together with uncertainty and disagreement over its precise causes and remedies. Sixty years ago, as a consequence of war and its aftermath, there was a comparable concern to provide a better future for the nation's young people. Donald Winnicott took a prominent part in shaping those deliberations, both through his broadcasts and his writings, some directed at ordinary parents, others towards fellow professionals. This series of lectures considers the contemporary relevance of Winnicott's observations and recommendations and reflects on what has happened to the relationship between child, the family and the outside world over that same period of time.

Subject areas covered by the book include: antisocial tendency; delinquency; family functioning; the distribution of responsibilities between parents and government agencies of all sorts over the upbringing of children;children's welfare and their preparation for life in society.

This book will be of interest to: child and adolescent psychiatrists and psychotherapists; social workers; those working in residential therapeutic establishments for young people; child and forensic psychologists; course tutors in criminology, social psychology and anthropology; politicians.

Adrian Ward: Learning to live with the Antisocial Tendency: The Challenge of Residential Care and Treatment

Olive Stevenson: Responses to Antisocial Youth: Does Donald Winnicott have Messages for us Today?

Christopher Reeves: Can the State ever be a "Good Enough Parent"?

Ann Horne: Winnicott's Delinquent

Jenny Sprince (with an Introduction by Judith Trowell): Heroic Delinquency and the Riddle of the Sphinx

Richard Rollinson: Society and the Antisocial Tendency: "Physician, heal Thyself!"

About the Editor(s)

Christopher Reeves is a retired Child Psychotherapist and until recently Director of the Squiggle Foundation. Between 1976 and 1990 he was first Consultant and later Principal of The Mulberry Bush School. He has written extensively on Winnicott and issues to do with the theory and practice of child psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. He collaborated with Judith Issroff on the book Donald Winnicott and John Bowlby: Personal and Professional Perspectives.

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