Article ID: CBB000671012

Strategic Self-Marginalization: The Case of Psychoanalysis (2005)


Marginality is an important concept in the history of science, though it is often used in a manner that presumes marginality to be a static designation. We contend that the dynamics of marginality are crucial to the history of psychoanalysis, a discipline that has moved between dominant and marginal positions. We address psychoanalytic marginality via three specific cases: the marginalization among Freud and his followers when psychoanalysis was an emergent discipline; the marginality trope in Erich Fromm's popular psychoanalytic writing when psychoanalysis was orthodoxy in American academic psychiatry; and the rhetorical marginality of psychoanalysis in Sweden as psychoanalysis entered a decline within psychiatry. Our aim is to show that marginalization and self-marginalization serve interpersonal, social, and professional strategies.

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Authors & Contributors
Leader, Darian
Herding, Klaus
Hughes, Judith M.
Vijver, Gertrudis van de
Freud, Sigmund
Geerardyn, Filip
History of Psychiatry
American Imago
Psychoanalysis and History
German History
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
Yale University Press
Faber & Faber
Karnac Books
Payot & Rivages
Éd. Sciences humaines
Presses Universitaires de France
Medical psychology
Freud, Sigmund
Fromm, Erich
Leonardo da Vinci
Charcot, Jean Martin
Rorschach, Hermann
Janet, Pierre
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
Vienna (Austria)

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