For and Against Psychoanalysis: Second Edition

Author(s) : Stephen Frosh

For and Against Psychoanalysis: Second Edition

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : January 2006
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 92110
  • ISBN 13 : 9781583917794
  • ISBN 10 : 1583917799
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For and Against Psychoanalysis provides an accessible introduction and critical guide to the current standing of psychoanalysis. It is essential reading for students of psychoanalysis, counselling, psychotherapy and psychology, and for social researchers and social theorists, as well as for those who are simply interested in what place psychoanalysis has in the modern world.

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In this thoroughly revised and updated second edition of "For and Against Psychoanalysis", Stephen Frosh examines the arguments surrounding psychoanalysis at some key points: its standing as a scientific theory, its value as a method of therapy, its potency as a contributor to debates around identity construction, gender, homosexuality and racism. At each of these points, there is something to be said 'for and against' psychoanalysis, with the balance depending on whether it deepens our understanding of human functioning, whether it is consistent with its own perceptions and theories or seems subservient to social pressures and norms, and whether it is coherent or muddled, evocative or sterile.

About the Author(s)

Stephen Frosh is Professor of Psychology and Pro-Vice-Master at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is also Co-Director of of the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research. He is widely published, and is particularly well-known for his lucid accounts of psychoanalysis. His books include: For and Against Psychoanalysis (2006), Key Concepts in Psychoanalysis (2002) and The Politics of Psychoanalysis (1999).

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