The Politics of Psychoanalysis

An Introduction to Freudian and Post-Freudian Theory

  • Authors
  • Stephen Frosh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Stephen Frosh
      Pages 1-15
  3. The Freudian Base

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Stephen Frosh
      Pages 19-38
    3. Stephen Frosh
      Pages 39-61
    4. Stephen Frosh
      Pages 62-82
  4. Repression and the Unconscious

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Stephen Frosh
      Pages 85-118
    3. Stephen Frosh
      Pages 119-152
  5. Psychoanalysis and Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-154
    2. Stephen Frosh
      Pages 155-195
    3. Stephen Frosh
      Pages 196-240
  6. Therapy and Cure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-242
    2. Stephen Frosh
      Pages 243-274
    3. Stephen Frosh
      Pages 275-310
  7. Conclusion

    1. Stephen Frosh
      Pages 311-317
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 318-336

About this book


Psychoanalysis has had a profound influence on twentieth-century thought in a wide variety of areas, from psychology and psychiatry to sociology, literature, feminism and politics. Most importantly, it offers insights into the relationship between individual subjectivity and social relations, making it a key discipline for understanding the links between social phenomena and personal experience.

Since its first publication in 1987, The Politics of Psychoanalysis has been widely recognised as one of the best introductions to psychoanalytic theory from the point of view of its relevance for social relations. As well as describing Freud's work, it examines the basic assumptions and social implications of a broad spectrum of post-Freudian psychoanalytic thought, especially object relations, Kleinian and Lacanian theory. Feminist and critical psychoanalytic approaches are explored, along with questions of psychoanalytic practice andd its implications for social and personal change.

For this second edition, the book has been thoroughly revised, with updated accounts of the theories covered in the first edition, plus new material on contemporary feminist psychoanalytic work and on the engagement of psychoanalysis with postmodernism. The result is a book that combines a lucid introduction to theory with a radical examination of the value of psychoanalysis for therapeutic and social practice.


postmodernism psychiatry psychoanalysis psychoanalytic theory psychology psychotherapy sociology The Unconscious Therapeut therapy

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