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Hate and the ‘Jewish Science’

Anti-Semitism, Nazism and Psychoanalysis

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Introduction

  2. Freud, Jews and Anti-Semitism

  3. Psychoanalysis, Nazism and ‘Jewish Science’

  4. Anti-Semitism and the Other


About this book

Psychoanalysis has always grappled with its Jewish origins, sometimes celebrating them and sometimes trying to escape or deny them. Through exploration of Freud's Jewish identity, the fate of psychoanalysis in Germany under the Nazis, and psychoanalytic theories of anti-Semitism, this book examines the significance of the Jewish connection with psychoanalysis and what that can tell us about political and psychological resistance, anti-Semitism and racism.


'It should be required reading for all those involved in the teaching of psychology. The fourth and fifth chapters are quite simply masterpieces.' - The Psychologist

'Stephen Frosh has assembled a powerful and important book analyzing racism...There is plenty of detail here, a good use of sources, and these chapters will be good for anyone who wants to teach this history.' - Joseph Schwartz, British Journal of Psychotherapy

'Stephen Frosh...has written a fascinating, insightful and provocative analysis of the ways in which Freudian psychoanalysis was constructed by both its practitioners and its anti-Semitic opponents'.

- Geoffrey Cantor, University of Leeds, The British Journal for the History of Science

About the author

Stephen Frosh is Pro-Vice-Master and Professor in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and was previously Vice-Dean of the Tavistock Clinic.. He is the author of many books and papers on psychosocial studies and on psychoanalysis, including Psychoanalysis Outside the Clinic, Hate and the Jewish Science: Anti-Semitism, Nazism and Psychoanalysis, For and Against Psychoanalysis, After Words, The Politics of Psychoanalysis and Sexual Difference and Identity Crisis . His most recent books are Hauntings: Psychoanalysis and Ghostly Transmissions and A Brief Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theory .

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