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Psychoanalysis And Feminism: A Radical Reassessment Of Freudian Psychoanalysis

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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 ra ...more
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Published September 11th 2000 by Basic Books (first published January 1st 1974)
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Ulrich Baer
Jun 12, 2016 Ulrich Baer rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Robert Wood
Feb 18, 2014 Robert Wood rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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."
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."
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."
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."
Tom Schulte
Oct 06, 2011 Tom Schulte rated it liked it
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."
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.
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.
Oraib Toukhly
May 14, 2016 Oraib Toukhly rated it really liked it
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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Juliet Mitchell, FBA (born 1940) is a British psychoanalyst and socialist feminist.

Mitchell was born in New Zealand in 1940, and moved to England in 1944. She attended St Anne's College, Oxford, where she received a degree in English, as well as doing postgraduate work. She taught English literature from 1962 to 1970 at Leeds University and Reading University. Throughout the 1960s, Mitchell was ac
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