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Rozmarin, E. (2017). Immigration, Belonging, and the Tension Between Center and Margin in Psychoanalysis. Psychoanal. Dial., 27(4):470-479.

(2017). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 27(4):470-479

Immigration, Belonging, and the Tension Between Center and Margin in Psychoanalysis

Eyal Rozmarin, Ph.D.

Immigration is in the unconscious of the unconscious of psychoanalysis. Immigration as a dramatic instance of the always precarious social and political registers of human living. Immigration as the movement of people from one place to another, across regions and national borders and oceans, by choice or necessity. Immigration as movement across other types of social boundaries, always defining an outside and a way into a desired inside. Immigration as an inverted reflection of our deep need to belong. This paper reflects on immigration as a clinical reality and as a clinical metaphor. It uses the notion of immigration to question the perceived, often if not always illusory settledness of the analytic practice, and its tendency to privilege a sense of well-inhabited center vis-à-vis the margins we all travel through and persist in. My aim is to join Veronica Csillag in deliberating a more uncertain and daring potential for our theory making and practice.

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