The Body as Mirror of the World

The Body as Mirror of the World


By (author) Janine Chasseguet-Smirgel, Translated by Sophie Leighton


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  • Publisher: Free Association Books
  • Format: Paperback | 182 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 18mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 19 January 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1853437093
  • ISBN 13: 9781853437090
  • Sales rank: 1,981,695

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Is today's thinking conditioned by body-mind dualism? A rebellion against the biological order seems to have silently infiltrated our world view. Suicide bombers appear to share the fascination with destruction, of writers such as Mishima, Pasolini and Foucault. A liberation from the body to reestablish a - possibly mystical - union of soul and cosmos and an assertion of the mind's omnipotence appear to be common features of forms of behaviour that seem to be taken for granted in contemporary thought. Is the new misogyny, which rejects motherhood in the name of feminism, contributing in any way to these trends? This review of our society by a woman psychoanalyst - a non-medic and graduate of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris - presents a sharp and rigorous analysis of the strange and violent mechanisms that are erupting in the world today.

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Author information

Janine Chasseguet-Smirgel is a member of the Societe Psychanalytique de Paris and honorary member of the Philadelphia Psychoanalytical Society, and a former holder of the Freud Chair at London University and the Chair of Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology at Lille University.