The idea for the book, "Who Owns Psychoanalysis", was sparked by the controversy that erupted two to three years ago while the editor, Ann Casement, was Chair of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). The controversy revolved around the fact that some of UKCP registrants who had previously been registered as “psychoanalytic psychotherapists” now wished to change their title to that of “psycho-analyst”. This caused a tremendous furore in the psychoanalytic world with individuals, as well as organizations, arguing for and against this proposed change. This event was only the latest in a long history going back to early 20th century of who is entitled to be called "psychoanalyst".
The current volume will be a hugely important contribution to a vital debate that has been around for almost as long as psychoanalysis itself. The contributors are mostly internationally-known members of the psychoanalytic world. The book has been divided into four sections: academic, historical, political and scientific, and each of the eighteen chapters has been allocated to the most appropriate section.
"Written by [an] impressive array of eminent analysts and scholars, the 18 original essays look at the state of psychoanalytic inquiry in the US, western Europe, and Latin America and address the fundamental question of where psychoanalysis has arrived since its birth with Freud more than a hundred years ago. the contributors reflect on some of the more basic issues that have been obscured by partisanship and nastiness in recent years: Who owns psychoanalysis? What does ownership of psychoanalysis even mean in the first place? What is psychoanalysis? What does it mean to those who practice and critique it? The essays are organized into four categories--academic, historical, political, and scientific--and they deal with such subjects as the public and private in psychoanalytic practice and inquiry; the genealogy of the word 'psychotherapy'; the history of the New York State psychoanalytic license; and the distinction between the brain and the mind. This important set of essays will prove mandatory for practitioners, candidates, and academics, ant there is much here to invite the lay reader as well. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels." --
- M. Uebel, University of Texas , CHOICE
Contributors include Jorge Ahumada, Pearl Appel, Bernard Burgoyne, Frank Cioffi, Morris Eagle, Peter Fonagy, Adolf Grünbaum, Robert Hinshelwood, Pearl King, Darian Leader, Dany Nobus, Michael Pokorny, Paul Roazen, Elisabeth Roudinesco, Sonu Shamadasani, Mark Solms, Thomas Szasz, Mary Target, and Jerome Wakefield