Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 437–454 | Cite as

Applying psychoanalysis to community mediation: An alternative to racist criminalization by the courts

  • Christine SchmidtEmail author


The author, a racial justice activist, psychoanalyst, and community mediator, applies intersubjective systems theory and a transformative mediation approach to a felony case in a criminal court mediation. She assesses the benefits and limitations of the two relational models that inform her work. Racial self-awareness is a critical feature for the author, a white mediator, working with families entangled in the racially biased criminal justice system.


transformative mediation applied psychoanalysis racism intersubjectivity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.BrooklynUSA

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