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Straker, G. (2004). A Look Beyond the Mirror: What He Saw and I Didn't Reply to Commentary. Psychoanal. Dial., 14(4):447-452.

(2004). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 14(4):447-452

A Look Beyond the Mirror: What He Saw and I Didn't Reply to Commentary Related Papers

Gillian Straker, Ph.D.

Altman's commentary challenged this author on both a personal and a theoretical level. On a personal level, she was encouraged to explore her knowing at one moment but not knowing at another, her own self-interest in the position of beneficiary. Thus, the mechanism of disavowal that underpins liberal racism was revisited in a more clinically oriented manner.

On a theoretical level, Altman's response invited a more refined exploration of liberal racism as it differs from blatant racism. It also facilitated a more nuanced application of Lacanian and Kleinian theory to this matter.

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