Psychoanalysis and Feminism

Psychoanalysis and Feminism A groundbreaking book the first to argue that feminism must draw on psychoanalysis to understand the ideological oppression of women In at the height of the women s movement Juliet Mitchell sho

  • Title: Psychoanalysis and Feminism
  • Author: Juliet Mitchell
  • ISBN: 9780394714424
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Paperback
  • Psychoanalysis and Feminism

    A groundbreaking book the first to argue that feminism must draw on psychoanalysis to understand the ideological oppression of women In 1974, at the height of the women s movement, Juliet Mitchell shocked her fellow feminists by challenging the entrenched belief that Freud was the enemy She argued that a rejection of psychoanalysis as bourgeois and patriarchal was fatalA groundbreaking book the first to argue that feminism must draw on psychoanalysis to understand the ideological oppression of women In 1974, at the height of the women s movement, Juliet Mitchell shocked her fellow feminists by challenging the entrenched belief that Freud was the enemy She argued that a rejection of psychoanalysis as bourgeois and patriarchal was fatal for feminism However it may have been used, she pointed out, psychoanalysis is not a recommendation for a patriarchal society, but rather an analysis of one If we are interested in understanding and challenging the oppression of women, she says, we cannot afford to neglect psychoanalysis In an introduction written specially for this reissue, Mitchell reflects on the changing relationship between these two major influences on twentieth century thought Original and provocative, Psychoanalysis and Feminism remains an essential component of the feminist canon.

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    1. Ulrich Baer

      There are biological, chemical, anatomical, and of course social differences between the sexes. In her brilliant and seminal landmark study, Psychoanalysis and Feminism, Juliet Mitchell asks how it is that beyond all of these factors that structure sexual difference, this difference almost always gives way to inequality and the oppression of women. This question becomes more urgent for us, in our modern times, when the factors that would tie women to the time-consuming roles of child-rearing and [...]

    2. Robert Wood

      So far, the book has offered a pretty good critical reading of Freud's work on the unconscious and sexuality, in line with the work of Jacqueline Rose. In addition, the lengthy crititique of Reich and Laing, while a bit dated, are interesting explorations into a couple significant thinkers for the new left and their limitations in comparison to Freud. The material on feminist thinkers could have been expanded, but the critiques are useful. The book ends on an oddly structuralist note, trying to [...]

    3. Tom Schulte

      This book analyzes the views of Freud, Reich, and Laing - both comparitivel, in light of their critics and with the author's own assessment and historical overview. Actually, very little of the content is explicitly feminist, or feminist motivated. The result is an enlightening overview of the founders and radicals of psychoanalysis.My favorite quote: "The unconscious is the way man lives his humanity in harmony and conflict with his particular and historically determined environment."

    4. Pinot noir

      I apologize if this review isn't an eloquent and witty essay. I went from liking this book to feeling eh about it at the end. I liked part one immensely, it went downhill after page 120. As expected from a psychoanalyst, Mitchell has an excellent grasp on Freud. She neatly weaves his various theories/essays into an easily decipherable summary (part one felt like a giant summary). This is excellent for readers who aren't familiar with Freud's work and/or misunderstand it. Ex. The popular misconce [...]

    5. Tom Schulte

      This book analyzes the views of Freud, Reich, and Laing - both comparitivel, in light of their critics and with the author's own assessment and historical overview. Actually, very little of the content is explicitly feminist, or feminist motivated. The result is an enlightening overview of the founders and radicals of psychoanalysis.My favorite quote: "The unconscious is the way man lives his humanity in harmony and conflict with his particular and historically determined environment."

    6. Tom Schulte

      This book analyzes the views of Freud, Reich, and Laing - both comparitivel, in light of their critics and with the author's own assessment and historical overview. Actually, very little of the content is explicitly feminist, or feminist motivated. The result is an enlightening overview of the founders and radicals of psychoanalysis.My favorite quote: "The unconscious is the way man lives his humanity in harmony and conflict with his particular and historically determined environment."

    7. Tom Schulte

      This book analyzes the views of Freud, Reich, and Laing - both comparitivel, in light of their critics and with the author's own assessment and historical overview. Actually, very little of the content is explicitly feminist, or feminist motivated. The result is an enlightening overview of the founders and radicals of psychoanalysis.My favorite quote: "The unconscious is the way man lives his humanity in harmony and conflict with his particular and historically determined environment."

    8. Tom Schulte

      This book analyzes the views of Freud, Reich, and Laing - both comparitivel, in light of their critics and with the author's own assessment and historical overview. Actually, very little of the content is explicitly feminist, or feminist motivated. The result is an enlightening overview of the founders and radicals of psychoanalysis.My favorite quote: "The unconscious is the way man lives his humanity in harmony and conflict with his particular and historically determined environment."

    9. Tom Schulte

      This book analyzes the views of Freud, Reich, and Laing - both comparitivel, in light of their critics and with the author's own assessment and historical overview. Actually, very little of the content is explicitly feminist, or feminist motivated. The result is an enlightening overview of the founders and radicals of psychoanalysis.

    10. Katie Glanz

      This is a very well written and clear account of psychoanalysis and feminism. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in either theoretical approach. However, I found the chapters on Reich fairly ungenerous, although that might be warranted. I also wasn't quite clear on how the end of the book, which outlined a path for feminism in the future, fit in with the book as a whole.

    11. Oraib Toukhly

      Not an easy read, nevertheless, Mitchell did a great job on the sexuality chapter and her explanation of the castration complex, Oedipus complex, and how it's linked behind all neuroses. Highly recommended book.

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