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Geography and psychoanalysis: tensions and possibilities

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I am concerned in this paper with the diversity of psychoanalysis, a feature of the discipline which we can connect with diasporas and the re-working of ideas in different locales. I try to demonstrate how experience and environment have contributed to the development of psychoanalysis. Key to the production of knowledge are the journeys of theorists, practitioners and ideas. Following Liz Bondi, I stress the importance of acknowledging the connection between experience, theory and practice in our own work. I suggest that geographers can follow those psychoanalysts who have moved from the clinic to broader political projects but that they should engage with recent critical research in psychoanalysis if a dialogue is to develop.

Keywords: Journeys; locality; object relations; political engagement

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Geography, University of Hull, Hull HU6 7RX, UK

Publication date: September 1, 2003

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