A Psychoanalytic Exploration of the Body in Today's World: On the Body examines the importance of the body in everyday psychoanalytic practice and beyond. Written by world leading clinicians and international scholars, this important book aims to relocate the psychoanalytic body in the modern, more challenging world. Bringing together perspectives from across the range of psychoanalytic schools of thought, it covers essential analytic topics such as family and parenting, sex and gender, illness and psychosomatics, and concepts of the body in infancy. Though in Freud's writing the intertwining of body and psyche is fundamental, psychoanalytic thought has sometimes downplayed or ignored this idea. This book returns the body to its rightful place in psychoanalysis, and brings the body into the contemporary world of technology and change, offering fresh insight into the sick body, the sexual body, the speaking body, the body of the changing family in which the traditional gendered labels no longer fit seamlessly, gender dynamics and much more. A Psychoanalytic Exploration of the Body in Today's World gives renewed and increased emphasis to an essential tenant of psychoanalysis.
With contributions from some of the most important modern psychoanalysts, this book will prove an essential work for both psychotherapists and academics.
TABLE OF CONTENTS General Introduction VAIA TSOLAS PART I: THE BODY IN OUR CHANGING WORLD Introduction Vaia Tsolas Empathy Machines Sherry Turkle Changing Attitudes about Sex: A Dual Inheritance Perspective Robert A. Paul Modern Gender Flexibility: Pronoun changes and the Body's Activities Rosemary H. Balsam PART II: THE BODY IN THE CHANGING FAMILY Introduction Vaia Tsolas Introduction to: "Transformations of Parentality", by Julia Kristeva, Translated by Edward Kenny Rosemary H. Balsam Transformations of Parentality Julia Kristeva The Sibling Body Ego Juliet Mitchell Perspectives on the Body Ego and Mother-Infant Interaction. I've Got You Under My Skin Christine Anzieu-Premmereur PART III: THE SEXUAL BODY, THE SPEAKING BODY AND THE SICK BODY Introduction Maria Christina Aguirre Body and Soul. A Never-Ending Story Paul Verhaeghe Somatic Ailment and Death Drive: Dangerous Liaisons Panagiotis Aloupis What is Alive in the Ill Body? Affect and Representation in Psychosomatics Marina Papageorgiou PART IV: SEX, GENDER AND INFANTILE SEXUALITY Introduction Christine Anzieu-Premmereur Foreign Bodies: The Body-Psyche and its Phantoms Dominique Scarfone Botched Bodies: Inventing Gender and Constructing Sex Patricia Gherovici Repudiation of Femininity and the Aftermath on the Female Sexual Body Vaia Tsolas CONCLUDING REMARKS Christine Anzieu-Premmereur