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Esprey, Y.M. (2017). Penetrating Subjectivity: Response to Commentaries. Psychoanal. Dial., 27(1):52-60.

(2017). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 27(1):52-60

Penetrating Subjectivity: Response to Commentaries

Yvette M. Esprey, B.A. Hons. M.A.

In response to the commentaries by Altman, Straker, and Suchet, the author considers the ways in which thirdness—in various manifestations—has aided in the continuing process of thinking about race. She responds to Straker’s invitation to interrogate further what it means to write from within and without a context, considering some of the defensive strategies that manifest when writing about race from a position of whiteness. Following Suchet’s lead, the paper looks too at the notion of the decolonization of the mind and how this is a project that unfolds in parallel with the decolonial moment being witnessed in broader socioeconomic contexts. In response to Altman’s commentary on the clinical aspects of the paper, the author engages with what it means to enter more fully into a process of mutual recognition when working in cross-racial dyads and considers, finally, the question of far she is able, as a white clinician and writer, to jeopardize the self in the process of unsettling whiteness.

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