Uprooted Minds: Surviving the Politics of Terror in the Americas: Psychoanalysis, History, Memoir

Author(s) : Nancy Caro Hollander

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Uprooted Minds: Surviving the Politics of Terror in the Americas: Psychoanalysis, History, Memoir

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : January 2010
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 400
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  • Catalogue No : 29848
  • ISBN 13 : 9780881634914
  • ISBN 10 : 0881634913
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In our post-9/11 environment, our sense of relative security and stability as privileged subjects living in the heart of Empire has been profoundly shaken. Hollander explores the forces that have brought us to this critical juncture, analyzing the role played by the neoliberal economic paradigm and conservative political agenda that emerged in the West over the past four decades with devastating consequences for the hemisphere's citizens. Narrative testimonies of progressive U.S. and Latin American psychoanalysts illuminate the psychological meanings of living under authoritarian political conditions and show how a psychoanalysis "beyond the couch" contributes to social struggles on behalf of human rights and redistributive justice. By interrogating themes related to the mutual effects of social power and ideology, large group dynamics and unconscious fantasies, affects and defenses, Hollander encourages reflections about our experience as social/psychological subjects.

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'While reading Uprooted Minds, I recognized that Nancy Hollander has become a giant among a handful of psychoanalytic investigators who have taken psychoanalysis beyond the couch and utilized it in the examination of social, political, historical, and economic conditions. An esteemed authority on the psychology of the era of state terror in Latin America between the 1960s and 1990s, she contributes to our understanding of Latin American psychoanalysts' moving, soul-searching response to it. In this book, her psychoanalytic insights also illuminate topics ranging from terror and torture to "American exceptionalism," globalization to political leaders' personalities and new economic/military alliances, to despair as well as hope about humankind's future. This is one of the most significant books of our time, and it should be read not only by persons who are interested in expanding the influence of psychoanalysis beyond its clinical application, but by everyone who wishes to be more than a passive bystander to the dangerous world we live in.'
- Vamik D. Volkan, M.D., President, American College of Psychoanalysts

'This subtle and penetrating inquiry weaves together the hideous record of state terror in the Americas and the terrible human cost of economic fundamentalism, and explores how social-psychological theory and direct engagement can ameliorate the traumas left in their wake and help overcome the institutional framework of repression and domination that bars the way to personal and social liberation.'
- Noam Chomsky, author, What We Say Goes: Conversations on U. S. Power in a Changing World and Essential Chomsky

'Uprooted Minds inherits and develops psychoanalytical social psychology through a brilliant analysis of the historical roots of disturbances in the social matrices of several contemporary societies. Hollander weaves interviews with eminent analysts and social activists with her own personal recollections to create a book unlike any other I have read. Informative, challenging, disturbing, passionate, and good-humored, I think it will inspire a new generation of psychoanalytical investigations of social dreaming.'
- Christopher Bollas, Ph.D.

About the Author(s)

Nancy Caro Hollander, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita at California State University, faculty and member of the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies, and is in clinical practice in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-author of Psychoanalysis, Class, and Politics: Encounters in the Clinical Setting (Routledge, 2006).

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