Aboriginal Populations in the Mind. Race and Primitivity in by Celia Brickman

By Celia Brickman

What half does racial distinction play in psychoanalysis? What could be realized while contemplating this question from a postcolonial standpoint? during this sophisticated and commanding research, Celia Brickman explores how the colonialist racial discourse of late-nineteenth-century anthropology came across its manner into Freud´s paintings, the place it got here to play a covert yet the most important function in his notions of subjectivity. Brickman argues that the typical psychoanalytic proposal of "primitivity" as an early degree of mental improvement necessarily incorporates with it implications of an anthropologically understood "primitivity," which used to be conceived through Freud -and possibly nonetheless is this present day -in colonialist and racial phrases. She relates the racial subtext embedded in Freud´s inspiration to his representations of gender and faith and exhibits how this subtext types a part of the bigger historicizing pattern of the psychoanalytic venture. eventually, she indicates how colonialist strains have made their approach into the...

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They are a people guileless and unwarlike,” he wrote. “They are a loving people, without covetousness and fit for anything . . ”12 Further accounts of the generosity, hospitality, and liberty of the inhabitants of the New World added to the repertoire of virtues of the Noble Savage of antiquity. ”15 Columbus’s first acts were to take possession of and rename the land he had just discovered. 16 By the time Columbus wrote the letters that made his discoveries widely known throughout Europe, the economic and legal imperatives of his mission had become framed in an explicitly religious discourse whose purported goal was to redeem the natives.

Judith Butler, and Jessica Benjamin, each of whose work, in very different ways, gave me the tools to think through the problems I have attempted to unravel here. Finally, I would like to thank my colleagues at the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago for providing a clinical home that has been an enriching counterbalance to my academic work and for their generous flexibility in response to my needs for extra time in which to write; Karen and Harold Boaz for furnishing a beautiful setting in which to work during parts of several summers; and my mother for her enduring support.

This study seeks to extend such scrutiny to the career of these ideas in the foundational works of psychoanalysis. CHAPTER 1 The Figure of the Primitive: A Brief Genealogy The use of the figure of the primitive in psychoanalysis is so common it is difficult to recognize that it is, as this book argues, the key to the code of racial difference embedded in psychoanalytic discourse. In spite of the apparent straightforwardness of its meaning, the psychoanalytic term primitive is overdetermined, drawing on two differing but overlapping genealogies.

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