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Robert J. Stoller in the Clinic and the Village (2020)


This paper examines the historical, cultural, and biographical context of the work of the late UCLA psychoanalytic psychiatrist Robert J. Stoller, as narrated through the voice of anthropologist Gilbert Herdt, who worked with Stoller over a number of years as a postdoctoral fellow and then a junior colleague. The epistemological and professional goals of Stoller in opening up the field of psychoanalysis to the study of sexual excitement, human sexual variation, a radical revision of homosexuality dynamically, and especially the acceptance of divergent LGBT orientations is examined in the professional development and work of Stoller in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA in the 1950s–1980s. The final section of the article examines the fieldwork collaboration of Stoller and Herdt in the context of Herdt's Papua New Guinea field site among the Sambia people, with whom he has been working since 1974. Stoller was instrumental not only in supporting LGBT analytic candidates, but in encouraging a more tolerant face-to-face inclusive attitude in research, education, mentoring, and the general Weltanschauung of psychiatry.

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Authors & Contributors
Hale, Nathan G., Jr.
Hughes, Judith M.
Paris, Joel
Foucault, Michel
Salomoni, Antonella
Marchetti, Valerio
History of Psychiatry
Psychoanalysis and History
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Social History of Medicine
Women's History Review
Journal of British Studies
Yale University Press
University of Toronto Press
Duke University Press
University of California, Santa Barbara
Mental disorders and diseases
Freud, Sigmund
Stoller, Robert J.
Foucault, Michel
Kinsey, Alfred C.
Bernays, Minna
Jung, Carl Gustav
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
United States
Great Britain
California (U.S.)
Collège de France, Paris
National Health Service (Great Britain)

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