Trauma and Contemporary Forms of Subjectivity: Contributions of Argentine Psychoanalysis*


This paper offers arguments to justify the relevance of psychoanalysis—psychoanalyses—in present-day Argentina and reflects on the stance taken by psychoanalysts with different theoretical perspectives in the face of the havoc wreaked by state terror (1976–1983). To this end, the author focuses on the pioneers’ traits, the significance of the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association in the 1950s and 1960s, and the impact of the departure of the Plataforma Group in 1971. The establishment of the latter opened the way for the development of a psychoanalysis tied to popular movements, sensitive to social conflict, and close to human rights organizations. The author explores both on psychoanalysts’ intervention to address the social trauma resulting from the theft of babies during the dictatorship, and on their relationship with Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo.

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Address correspondence to Dr. Juan Carlos Volnovich, Callao 1185 4B, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

*This paper is part of the Special Issue Trauma and Subjectivity: A South American Perspective (Gondar, 2017).

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Volnovich, J.C. Trauma and Contemporary Forms of Subjectivity: Contributions of Argentine Psychoanalysis* . Am J Psychoanal 77, 7–22 (2017).

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  • social trauma
  • state terror
  • appropriation and adoption
  • mourning
  • restitution and reparation