shopping cart
nothing in cart
 
browse by subject
new releases
best sellers
sale books
browse by author
browse by publisher
home
about us
upcoming events
Jun 20th - Book Launch for Margaret Ann Fitzpatrick-Hanly's Jane Austen: Sibling Rivalry, Unconscious Fantasy and Change [Caversham Booksellers with IPBooks]
Jun 24th - Certificate in Trauma Counselling for Mental Health Professionals: Level 1 Trauma Certificate [SickKids CCMH Learning Institute]
Jun 24th - Online Fundraising for Charities & Nonprofits [SOS Workshops]
Jun 25th - 19th Annual IAFMHS Conference - Montréal, QC, Canada [IAFMHS]
Jul 6th - Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Part 3: Clinical consultation in DBT informed treatment [SickKids CCMH Learning Institute]
schools agencies and other institutional orders (click here)
The Reproduction of Evil: A Clinical and Cultural Perspective
Grand, Sue
Routledge / The Analytic Press / Softcover / 2003-01-01 / 0881633852
Relational / Interpersonal Psychoanalysis
reg price: $67.10 our price: $ 57.04 (may be subject to change)
Not in stock - ships in 1 to 2 weeks.

Relational Perspectives Book Series Vol. 17

Summary:

Why is it that victims of abuse so often become perpetrators, and what can psychoanalysis offer to these survivor- perpetrators, whose criminal conduct seems to transcend the possibilities of empathic psychoanalytic inquiry. In The Reproduction of Evil, Sue Grand engages these deeply troublesome issues in the belief that psychoanalysts can and should reclaim the study of what lies beyond ordinary human empathy. Her goal is to elucidate the link between traumatic memory and the perpetration of evil. To this end, she presents an interdisciplinary analysis, at once scholarly and passionate, of the ways in which families and cultures transform victims of malignant trauma into perpetrators of these very traumas on others. Through intensive case studies, Grand draws the reader into the world of the survivor-perpetrators who commit acts of child abuse, of incest, of racial persecution, even of homicide and genocide. By infusing psychoanalytic inquiry with cultural analysis and by supplementing clinical vignettes with well- chosen literary illustrations, Grand is able to convey the survivor-perpetrator's immediacy of experience in a manner that readers may find unsettling, even uncanny.

At the same time as Grand excavates the primitive internal meanings that accrue to acts of violence, she explores the broader cultural meanings of these acts. Delineating the forms of malignant dissociative contagion that link together perpetrator, victim, and passive bystander, she constructs a field theory of evil, according to which families and cultures are subject to a collusive dissociative process that potentiates evil at the same time as it erases evil's history. From this perspective, both the enactment of evil and the collusive appearance and disappearance of knowledge about evil have a common source: the catastrophic loneliness at the core of trauma survival. The reproductive cycle of evil is rooted in the trauma survivor's impossible desire to be known in this profound loneliness.

By interweaving psychoanalytic, sociohistorical, and literary perspectives, Grand fills a critical lacuna in the literature about trauma and its intergenerational transmission. Her analysis of the psychodynamic processes and cultural tensions that bind perpetrators, victims, and bystanders provides trenchant insights into the violence and fragmentation that beset our society. Essential reading for a wide clinical audience, The Reproduction of Evil will also be powerfully informative for academic and lay readers interested in the intrapsychic, interpersonal, and cultural factors that account for the perpetuation of evil from generation to generation.

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to Malignant Dissociative Contagion
2. Loneliness and the Allure of Bodily Cruelty
3. Child Abuse and the Problem of Knowing History
4. The Paradox of Innocence: Dissociative States in Perpetrators of Bodily Violation
5. Malignance and the Bestiality of Survival
6. The Depravities of the Nonhuman Self: Greed, Murder, Persecution
7. Frankenstein and His monster: Grief and the Escape from Grief
8. The Problem of Redemption: From Homicide to Psychic Annihilation

Caversham Booksellers
98 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S 1G6 Canada
(click for map and directions)
All prices in $cdn
Copyright 2019

Phone toll-free (800) 361-6120
Tel (416) 944-0962 | Fax (416) 944-0963
E-mail info@cavershambooksellers.com
Hours: 9-6 M-W / 9-7 Th-F / 10-6 Sat / 12-5 Sun EST

search
Click here to read previous issues.
related events
IARPP Conference List
authors
Grand, Sue
other lists
Relational / Interpersonal Psychoanalysis
Relational Perspectives Book Series
Routledge
Taylor and Francis
The Analytic Press