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Harris, A.E. (2009). The Socio-Political Recruitment of Identities. Psychoanal. Dial., 19(2):138-147.

(2009). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 19(2):138-147

The Socio-Political Recruitment of Identities

Adrienne E. Harris, Ph.D.

A discussion is developed of Lynne Layton's argument regarding the eclipsing of empathic links among individuals and collective identifications within contemporary American culture. In this discussion I raise questions about the rhetorical strategies of this essay, about the analysis of power and of the social climate. I want to engage Layton in a closer consideration of the role of subversion and dissent, the status of developmental processes in a changing culture, the nature and reach of empathy, the role of psychoanalysis as a practice and a theory, and the role of therapeutic process in building opposition and dissent and in creating strong empathic forms of alliance to counter the dominant culture, including the culture of work.

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