Authored by: Jessica Benjamin

The Routledge Handbook of Psychoanalysis in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Print publication date:  April  2016
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415626927
eBook ISBN: 9781315650821
Adobe ISBN: 9781317308201


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This chapter will discuss how and why the concept of intersubjectivity came to absorb attention from a variety of psychoanalytic schools, however divergent its usage. Intersubjectivity describes the underlying common motive to reorient theory to the reality of contemporary clinical practice leading to convergence around the concept. Despite significant differences between schools, this convergence is evidence of the way that clinical psychoanalysts have moved far beyond the kind of practice that defined psychoanalytic theory in the early decades of its formulation by Freud.

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