Race and the Unconscious: Freudianism in French Caribbean Thought

1st Edition

Celia Britton

Routledge
Published November 1, 2002
Reference - 124 Pages
ISBN 9781900755689 - CAT# Y309568

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Summary

Freud is often accused of eurocentrism - of making unjustifiable generalizations on the basis of European family structures. Although French Caribbean intellectuals such as Fanon, Cesaire and Glissant have joined in these criticisms, they have also made strikingly positive use of psychoanalysis. Much intellectual energy has been invested in notions of repression, the Oedipus complex and the psychoanalytic cure, while at the same time Freudianism has been no less vigorously criticized for its political quietism and its potential as a means of social control. Thus Freudian theory, and the controversies it arouses, remains a surprisingly persistent cultural element. The crucial issue is the link between the unconscious and race. In this groundbreaking study, Britton looks at the different ways in which Freudian psychoanalysis has been incorporated into arguments about racial identity and difference in the French Caribbean.

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