Introduction: Social Work and the Legacy of Freud
The aim of this book is to re-state the claims of psychoanalysis, together with some of its attendant difficulties, after a period of time in which Freud’s work and that of his successors has been largely neglected within social work. This neglect has been almost a complete reversal of social work’s earlier enchantment with psychoanalytical ideas during the 1950s and 1960s when, as Eileen Younghusband recalled, the ‘heady wine’ of Freudian theory had been a dominant influence within the education and training of social workers, and in their examination scripts ‘psychoanalytical theory tripped relevantly or irrelevantly off their pens’ (Younghusband, 1978, p. 41).
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