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Old and Dirty Gods : Religion, Antisemitism, and the Origins of Psychoanalysis - (Paperback)

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Freud’s collection of antiquities—his "old and dirty gods"—stood as silent witnesses to the early analysts’ paradoxical fascination and hostility toward religion. Pamela Cooper-White argues that antisemitism, reaching back centuries before the Holocaust, and the acute perspective from the margins that it engendered among the first analysts, stands at the very origins of psychoanalytic theory and practice.

The core insight of psychoanalytic thought— that there is always more beneath the surface appearances of reality, and that this "more" is among other things affective, memory-laden and psychological—cannot fail to have had something to do with the experiences of the first Jewish analysts in their position of marginality and oppression in Habsburg-Catholic Vienna of the 20th century. The book concludes with some parallels between the decades leading to the Holocaust and the current political situation in the U.S. and Europe, and their implications for psychoanalytic practice today.

Covering Pfister, Reik, Rank, and Spielrein as well as Freud, Cooper-White sets out how the first analysts’ position as Europe’s religious and racial "Other" shaped the development of psychoanalysis, and how these tensions continue to affect psychoanalysis today. Old and Dirty Gods will be of great interest to psychoanalysts as well as religious studies scholars.

Number of Pages: 293
Genre: Psychology, Religion + Beliefs
Series Title: Psyche and Soul: Psychoanalysis, Spirituality and Religion in Dialogue Book Series
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Pamela Cooper-White
Language: English
Street Date: November 15, 2017
TCIN: 53200450
UPC: 9780415790994
Item Number (DPCI): 248-56-9685
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