Feminism and Psychoanalytic Theory
In this major new work, Nancy Chodorow develops and amplifies themes first stated in her classic study The Reproduction of Mothering.Chodorow re-examines some of the basic issues involved in the relation between psychoanalysis and feminism, bringing an original and incisive viewpoint to bear upon the many contested issues raised by debates over the past twenty years. The work offers not only extensive discussions of pyschoanalysis and gender development, but brings to bear a wide range of sociological and anthropological material upon the questions that are analysed. The result is a novel series of interventions in the on-going discussion about the relevance of psychoanalytic concepts for feminism, women's studies and the interpretation of gender differences. The book will be essential reading for those working in the fields of women's studies, sociology, critical theory, psychology and psychoanalysis.
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- Hardback | 304 pages
- 152 x 229mm | 567g
- 28 Sep 1989
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Part I: Feminism and Psychoanalytic Theory: An Overview: 1. The Significance of Women's Mothering for Gender Personality and Gender Relations. 2. Being and Doing: A Cross-Cultural Examination of the Socialization of Males and Females. 3. Family Structure and Feminine Personality. 4. Oedipal Asymmetries and Heterosexual Knots. 5. The Fantasy of the Perfect Mother (with Susan Contratto). Part II: Gender, Self and Social Theory: 6. Gender, Relation and Difference in Psychoanalytic Perspective. 7. Beyond Drive Theory: Object-Relations and the Limits of Radical Individualism. 8. Toward a Relational Individualism: The Mediation of Self Through Psychoanalysis. Part III: Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalysts and Feminism: 9. Feminism, Femininity and Freud. 10. Psychoanalytic Feminism and the Psychoanalytic Psychology of Women. 11.'70s Questions for '30s Women; Gender and Generation in a Study of Early Women Psychoanalysts.
'Nancy Chodorow ... [has] made an enormously important contribution to our understanding the content of sexual difference.' Times Higher Education Supplement