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White, C. (2008). Crossing Boundaries: Commentary on Paper by Sarah Hill. Psychoanal. Dial., 18(4):466-476.

(2008). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 18(4):466-476

Crossing Boundaries: Commentary on Paper by Sarah Hill Related Papers

Cleonie White, Ph.D.

This commentary focuses on two aspects of Hill's presentation. First, it addresses the critical role of repetition compulsion in carrying into analytic enactments the patient's early, unsymbolized traumas. This discussion addresses, furthermore, Hill's reference to her early, preverbal, experience with an African nanny, as this resonated with some of the author's personal experiences. It is suggested that, particularly in American culture, the identities of white children who experience extended care by black nannies must be regarded as multiply determined, race being a critical determinant. How this aspect of white identity is negotiated in a culture bounded by established racial dichotomies is regarded as critical to analytic inquiry, regardless of the racial makeup of the analytic dyad.

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