By Celia Brickman
What half does racial distinction play in psychoanalysis? What might be realized while contemplating this query from a postcolonial standpoint? during this refined and commanding research, Celia Brickman explores how the colonialist racial discourse of late-nineteenth-century anthropology stumbled on its means into Freud´s paintings, the place it got here to play a covert yet the most important position in his notions of subjectivity. Brickman argues that the typical psychoanalytic suggestion of "primitivity" as an early degree of mental improvement necessarily contains with it implications of an anthropologically understood "primitivity," which used to be conceived via Freud -and possibly nonetheless is at the present time -in colonialist and racial phrases. She relates the racial subtext embedded in Freud´s concept to his representations of gender and faith and indicates how this subtext varieties a part of the bigger historicizing development of the psychoanalytic venture. ultimately, she exhibits how colonialist lines have made their approach into the...
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Each term in the first set—savage, barbarian, and primitive—focused a somewhat different standard by which to measure cultural otherness. The term savage placed its subject within nature as opposed to culture. Deriving from the Latin silva, meaning forest, savage designated animals and people outside the boundaries of human settlement and domestication. Living in the wild, outside of and without respect for the bonds of communication and obligation of human society, such animals or people were deemed ferocious, cruel, and violent.
Freud, Sigmund, 1856–1939 I. Title. 19′5—dc21 2002041423 A Columbia University Press E-book. edu. CONTENTS Acknowledgments Introduction 1. The Figure of the Primitive: A Brief Genealogy 2. Psychoanalysis and the Colonial Imagination: Evolutionary Thought in Freud’s Texts 3. Race and Gender, Primitivity and Femininity: Psychologies of Enthrallment 4. Historicizing Consciousness: Time, History, and Religion 5. Primitivity in the Analytic Encounter Epilogue Notes Bibliography Index ACKNOWLEDGMENTS While writing this book, I have often looked forward to the pleasure of being able to thank all the people whose learning, conversation, and support have contributed in a myriad of ways to its completion.
IN THIS BOOK, then, I trace the covert racial subtext within psychoanalysis, however enveloped in ambiguity and contradiction it may be, through a layered examination of the cultural, metapsychological, and clinical dimensions of Freud’s thought. Forty years ago Philip Rieff wrote that “the connection between psychoanalysis and Lamarckianism cannot be overemphasized,”3 stressing Freud’s wholehearted adoption of the theory of the inheritance of acquired characteristics that was a staple of nineteenth-century social evolutionary and anthropological thought.