Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 416–422

On Negative Critique: A Reply

Commentary: a reply

DOI: 10.1057/pcs.2008.28

Cite this article as:
Frosh, S. Psychoanal Cult Soc (2008) 13: 416. doi:10.1057/pcs.2008.28


This paper responds to issues raised by those commentators adopting a “British School” psychoanalytic perspective for psychosocial studies (Hollway, Hoggett, Jefferson, and Rustin). Our focus on Wendy Hollway's work is explained, and the logic of our discussion of reflexivity is clarified. The response examines five further issues: psychosocial studies as a discipline, psychoanalysis as a clinical practice, the discursive turn, “Lacan vs Klein”, and “inner” vs “outer” worlds. The paper concludes with a reiteration of the value of “negative” critique.


psychosocial studies reflexivity negativity applied psychoanalysis 

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© Palgrave Macmillan 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, University of LondonLondonUK