Psychoanalysis And Feminism: A Radical Reassessment Of Freudian Psychoanalysis

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Basic Books, Nov 6, 2008 - Psychology - 496 pages
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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 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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Juliet Mitchell claims to be a socialist, someone passionately interested in the self emancipation of the proletariat. Well when she wrote this book I doubt if the proletariat were very much in her mind. The style of language is definitely one of exclusion-principally for working class people. A sickening high tone of superiority through apparent emotional complexity pervades the book with the underlying message being know you're place prole this isn't for you. If she wrote this book it was for her fellow academics and members of her class and no one else. At least Freud wrote in a manner that was accessible by anyone who could read. 

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Juliet Mitchell, the author of Psychoanalysis and Feminism, is currently a visiting professor in Comparative Literature at Yale University, where she is also a Fellow of the Whitney Humanities Center. She is a university lecturer in Gender and Society at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Jesus College. She lives in London and Cambridge.

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