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The Problem of the Passions : Feminism, Psychoanalysis, and Social Theory
Burack, Cynthia
NYU Press / Softcover / 1995-03-01 / 0814712525
Women's Issues / Psychoanalysis
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What has too often been missing from discussions of women's psychology in social theory is an account of women as ambivalent: both empathic and enraged, loving and hating. The Problem of the Passions fills this void. Examining the work of such feminist theorists as Carol Gilligan, Nancy Chodorow, Jessica Benjamin, and Dorothy Dinnerstein in a new light, Burack argues that feminist social theory can be repaired through attention to the pioneering psychoanalytic work of Melanie Klein. Sure to be of interest to feminists, psychoanalysts, political scientists, and social theorists, The Problem of the Passions is essential reading for anyone concerned with feminism and questions of identity in social thought.

REVIEWS

"Reminds us of the importance of unsettling and often disruptive and messy emotions like rage, greed, anger, and hate, and the effect of these disagreeable passions' on the self and perception."

—James M. Glass , Department of Political Science, University of Maryland, College Park, author of Shattered Selves

"A timely contribution to the fields of political theory, feminist theory, and psychology."

—Jane Flax, Professor of Political Science Howard University

"A fascinating and important treatment of feminist theory...a sensitive and searching critique that reminds us of the importance of unsettling and often disruptive and messy emotions like rage, greed, anger, and hate, and the effect of these `disagreeable passions' on the self and perception."

—James M. Glass, University of Maryland, College Park, author of Shattered Selves

"...deserves to be read and taken seriously."

—E. Victor Wolfenstein, UCLA, author of Psychoanalytic-Marxism: Groundwork


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