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Law and the Unconscious : A Psychoanalytic Perspective - by Anne C. Dailey (Hardcover)

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How do we bring the law into line with people’s psychological experience?

How can psychoanalysis help us understand irrational actions and bad choices? Our legal system relies on the idea that people act reasonably and of their own free will, yet some still commit crimes with a high likelihood of being caught, sign obviously one-sided contracts, or violate their own moral codes—behavior many would call fundamentally irrational.
Anne Dailey shows that a psychoanalytic perspective grounded in solid clinical work can bring the law into line with the reality of psychological experience. Approaching contemporary legal debates with fresh insights, this original and powerful critique sheds new light on issues of overriding social importance, including false confessions, sexual consent, threats of violence, and criminal responsibility. By challenging basic legal assumptions with a nuanced and humane perspective, Dailey shows how psychoanalysis can further our legal system’s highest ideals of individual fairness and systemic justice.
Number of Pages: 283
Genre: Freedom + Security / Law Enforcement, Psychology
Sub-Genre: Law
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
Author: Anne C. Dailey
Language: English
Street Date: November 28, 2017
TCIN: 53128456
UPC: 9780300188837
Item Number (DPCI): 248-55-1239
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