'This book contains a stimulating diversity of chapters that explore the development of Foulkesian ideas...[it is] a fine exposition of group analysis.'
– Group Analysis
'This is essential contemporary reading...'
– British Journal of Psychiatry
In this examination of the legacy of Foulkes, the theoretical foundations of group psychotherapy are applied to a range of groups, including family therapy, institutional dynamics and educational therapy. Contributors to this volume include distinguished group analysts, such as Pines and De Mar‚ and more junior analysts selected for their original thinking. The complexity of creating a coherent theory of group analysis is underlined by the multiple authorship of a single volume compiled and edited along group principles. Editors Brown and Zinkin also had access to the preliminary notes of a proposed book on group theory, cut short by Foulkes's death, which cover topics as wide-ranging as psychoneurosis, social inheritance and the Oedipus complex.
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Table of Contents
1. Introduction, Dennis Brown and Louis Zinkin. 2. Towards a unifying concept of the group matrix, Andrew Powell, University of Oxford. 3. The psyche and the system, Dick Blackwell, Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture. 4. The group-as-a-whole, Malcolm Pines, founder member of Institute of Group Analysis. 5. 'Holding' and 'containing' in the group and society, D. Colin James, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. 6. Self development through subjective interaction; ego training in action, Dennis Brown, Group-Analytic Practice. 7. Exchange as a therapeutic factor in group analysis, Louis Zinkin, formerly of St. George's Hospital, London. 8. The womb and gender identity, Barbara Elliott, Institute of Group Analysis. 9. The primal scene in group analysis, Morris Nitsun, Institute of Group Analysis. 10. Attachment theory and group analysis, Mario Marrone, London Centre for Psychotherapy. 11. Families and group analysis, Harold Behr, Middlesex Hospital, London. 12. Group analysis and culture, Jaak Le Roy, European Association for Transcultural Group Analysis. 13. The median group and the psyche, Patrick de Mar‚ founder member of Institute of Group Analysis. 14. The language of the group, John Schlapobersky, Institute of Group Analysis. 15. The psyche and the social world, Dennis Brown and Louis Zinkin. References. Index.