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Fairbairn and the Object Relations Tradition | Lines of Development - Evolution of Theory and Practice over the Decades
Clarke, Graham and David E. Scharff (Eds)
Routledge / Karnac / Softcover / 2014-02-01 / 1780490828
Object Relations
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Comprising thirty-nine papers, thirty-six of which are original to this volume, the book is divided into four sections - historical, clinical, theoretical and applied. Fairbairn's contribution to object-relations theory is rehearsed and the future development of Fairbairn's work is considered. Fairbairn's relationship with Guntrip and Winnicott is explored, his influence on a philosophical and a clinical understanding of multiplicity is developed, his social and historical papers are mined for his views on prejudice and the social order and new models of clinical configurations suggested.

Fairbairn's relationship with and influence on Mitchell is investigated from different perspectives and his position within Scottish and psychoanalytic history also developed. Fairbairn's contribution to couple therapy, to an understanding of the Oedipus situation, to the acceptance and understanding of literary works and to child welfare are all broached. The influence of religion and Fairbairn's own understanding of his gender identity are explored based upon newly available documents including some self-analytic notes.

Fairbairn's influence in South America and in particular Argentina is manifest in a variety of contributions. Fairbairn's significant but generally forgotten or ignored contribution to psychoanalytic aesthetics is explored.

‘This is an extraordinary work: extraordinary in many ways. The choice of the subject, Fairbairn; the unusually well-crafted editing; the number of Fairbairn scholars who made contributions; and the editorial choreography of the contributions. By “editorial choreography” I began to wonder if it had been written by a single author, partially because the flow of the chapters appeared seamlessly connected, and yet in its vastness the work was virtually all inclusive in dealing with Fairbairn’s works – to say nothing of being inclusive of many of his unpublished works, which the Fairbairn family put at the editors’ disposal. This is a gem of a book. I do so much want it to be successful: it is much needed.’
— From the Introduction by James S. Grotstein


Acknowledgements xi
About The Editors and Contributors xiii
Series Editors' foreword xix

Introduction xxi
James S. Grotstein

Introduction xxiii
Graham S. Clarke
David E. Scharff

Prologue: Fairbairn the writer xxxi
Maurice Whelan


Introduction To Part I 3
Graham S. Clarke
David E. Scharff

Chapter One From instinct to self: the evolution and implications of W. R. D. Fairbairn's theory of object relations 5
David E. Scharff
Ellinor Fairbairn Birtles

Chapter Two From Oedipus to Antigone: Hegelian themes in Fairbairn 27
Gal Gerson

Chapter Three Making Fairbairn's psychoanalysis thinkable: Henry Drummond's natural laws of the spiritual world 41
Gavin Miller

Chapter Four Splitting in the history of psychoanalysis: from Janet and Freud to Fairbairn, passing through Ferenczi and Suttie 49
Gabriele Cassullo

Chapter Five Fairbairn, Suttie, and Macmurray---an essay 59
Neville Symington

Chapter Six Religion in the life and work of W. R. D. Fairbairn 69
Marie T. Hoffman
Lowell W. Hoffman

Chapter Seven Fairbairn and homosexuality: sex versus conscience 87
Hilary J. Beattie

Chapter Eight Fairbairn in Argentina: the "Fairbairn Space" in the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association (APA)
Mercedes Campi
Adrian Besuschio
Luis Oswald
Isabel Sharpin de Basili
Ruben M. Basili

Chapter Nine Some comments about Ronald Fairbairn's impact today 115
Otto F. Kernberg


Introduction To Part II 127
Graham S. Clarke
David E. Scharff

Chapter Ten Why read Fairbairn? 131
Thomas H. Ogden

Chapter Eleven On the origin of internal objects in the works of Fairbairn and Klein and the possible therapeutic consequences 147
Bernhard F. Hensel

Chapter Twelve Fairbairn: Oedipus reconfigured by trauma 161
Eleanore M. Armstrong-Perlman

Chapter Thirteen Sitting with marital tensions: the work of Henry Dicks in applying Fairbairn's ideas to couple relationships 175
Molly Ludlam

Chapter Fourteen W. R. D. Fairbairn's contribution to the study of personality disorders 185
Carlos Rodriguez-Sutil

Chapter Fifteen Fairbairn: abuse, trauma, and multiplicity 197
Valerie Sinason

Chapter Sixteen Fairbairn and multiple personality 209
Paul Finnegan
Graham S. Clarke

Chapter Seventeen Fairbairn and "emptiness pathology" 223
Ruben M. Basili
Isabel Sharpin de Basili
Adrian Besuschio
Mercedes Campi
Luis Oswald

Chapter Eighteen Fairbairn's unique contributions to dream interpretation 237
Joshua Levy

Chapter Nineteen The analyst as good object: a Fairbairnian perspective 249
Neil J. Skolnick

Chapter Twenty Expanding Fairbairn's reach 263
David E. Scharff


Introduction To Part III 277
Graham S. Clarke
David E. Scharff

Chapter Twenty-One The contribution of W. R. D. Fairbairn (1889--1965) to psychoanalytic theory and practice 281
John Padel

Chapter Twenty-Two John Padel's contribution to an understanding of Fairbairn's object relations theory 295
Graham S. Clarke

Chapter Twenty-Three Fairbairn elaborated: Guntrip and the psychoanalytic romantic model 309
Michael Stadter

Chapter Twenty-Four From Fairbairn to Winnicott 323
Henri Vermorel

Chapter Twenty-Five Fairbairn and Ferenczi 333
Graham S. Clarke

Chapter Twenty-Six Mitchell reading Fairbairn 343
Ariel Liberman

Chapter Twenty-Seven Fairbairn's influence on Stephen Mitchell's theoretical and clinical work 355
Aleksandar Dimitrijevic

Chapter Twenty-Eight Self and society, trauma and the link 365
Jill Savege Scharff

Chapter Twenty-Nine Fairbairn and Pichon-Riviere: object relations, link, and group 379
Lea S. de Setton

Chapter Thirty The "intuitive position" and its relationship to creativity, science, and art in Fairbairn's work 391
Ricardo Juan Rey

Chapter Thirty-One Revising Fairbairn's structural theory 397
David P. Celani

Chapter Thirty-Two Fairbairn's accomplishment is good science 411
Joseph Schwartz

Chapter Thirty-Three Fairbairn and partitive conceptions of mind 417
Tamas Pataki

Chapter Thirty-Four Fairbairn and the philosophy of intersubjectivity 431
James L. Poulton


Introduction To Part IV 445
Graham S. Clarke
David E. Scharff

Chapter Thirty-Five Fair play: a restitution of Fairbairn's forgotten role in the historical drama of art and psychoanalysis 447
Steven Z. Levine

Chapter Thirty-Six Viewing Camus's The Stranger from the perspective of W. R. D. Fairbairn's object relations
Rainer Rehberger

Chapter Thirty-Seven The family is the first social group, followed by the clan, tribe, and nation 471
Ron B. Aviram

Chapter Thirty-Eight Fairbairn's object relations theory and social work in child welfare 483
James C. Raines

Envoi 497

Index 499

About the Editors:

Graham S. Clarke, PhD, is Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, and author of Personal Relations Theory: Fairbairn, Macmurray and Suttie.

David E. Scharff is chair and former director, the International Psychotherapy Institute,
Washington DC; member and chair, Work Group on Family and Couple Psychoanalysis of the
International Psychoanalytical Association; co-author of numerous books and articles.

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