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Akhtar, S. (2018). Immigration in Psychoanalysis: Locating Ourselves: Edited by Julia Beltsiou. New York: Routledge, 2016. 224 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 87(2):379-382.

(2018). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 87(2):379-382

Immigration in Psychoanalysis: Locating Ourselves: Edited by Julia Beltsiou. New York: Routledge, 2016. 224 pp.

Review by:
Salman Akhtar

The early émigré analysts, deeply traumatized by the cataclysmic events in mid-twentieth-century Europe, wrote little about their experience of dislocation. Hardly eager to draw attention to their ethnic origins, which had brought them nothing but persecution, they adapted to their new lands quickly and, with little modification, resumed psychoanalytic work with their culturally unfamiliar patients. This stance was curious, since the massive, protracted, and transgenerationally transmitted trauma of Holocaust had itself, once and for all, established that the human mind, even in its invisible depths, was affected by alterations in its sociopolitical surround. The idea that the stability of psychic structure is dependent on “stimulus nutriment” from external reality thus took root.,” and “waking screen,”, subjectivity, and belonging. Less traumatized than their elders and less dominated by the hegemony of psychic determinism, these analysts opened up a new realm of psychoanalytic theorizing.

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