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The Edinburgh International Encyclopaedia of Psychoanalysis [hardcover]
Edited by Ross M. Skelton
Edinburgh University Press / Hardcover / Jul 2006
9780748612659 (ISBN-10: 0748612653)
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Editorial Board:

Bernard Burgoyne (London)
James Grotstein (Los Angeles)
Murray Stein (Chicago)
Cleo van Velsen (London)

Consultant Editors:

Lewis Aaron, Howard Bacal, June Bernstein, Ron Britton, Morris Eagle, John Muller, Malcolm Pines, Eric Rayner, Paul Roazen, William Richardson, Andrew Samuels, Robert Wallerstein

Executive Editors:

Joe Aguayo, Shelley Ahanati, Betty Cannon, Rebecca Curtis, Elinor Fairbairn Birtles, Kirsty Hall, Jennifer Johns, Rik Loose, Maria Rhode, David Scharff, Robert Stolorow, Richard Tuch, Jane van Buren, Aleksandra Wagner

The one thousand entries in the Encyclopaedia provide the best single volume coverage of psychoanalysis available. With its wide, objective and catholic vision, the Encyclopaedia demonstrates that psychoanalysis is a single discipline, very much greater than any particular movement, school or individual, including its founder, Freud. Thus the book contains authoritative entries on all the most important authors, practitioners, concepts, movements, schools, debates and controversies in psychoanalysis and its offspring, past and present.

A précis essay is given of each school amplified by explanations of all key terms within that school. Entries are alphabetically arranged, fully cross-referenced, many with suggestions for further reading. Most importantly the book features both contributors and entries reflecting the various disciplines such as Feminism, Literature, Philosophy, Art and Anthropology that have contributed to the development of psychoanalysis or been influenced by it.

Besides an immense array of topics on psychoanalysis contributed by psychoanalysts themselves, there are also entries on many topics written by psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, philosophers, medical researchers, historians, literary critics, anthropologists, linguists and other specialists. International in scope, the Encyclopaedia also draws on a geographically wide field of authors.

The Encyclopaedia caters for readers who require knowledge at a glance as well as those seeking a more detailed account. Besides concise definitions, it includes numerous illuminating longer essays by distinguished contributors including: Peter Fonagy, Michael Eigen, James Grotstein, Eric Laurent, Thomas Ogden, Paul Roazen, Hazel Barnes, Charles Brenner, Marcia Cavell, Morris Eagle, Murray Stein, Allan Schore, Robert Stolorow and Robert Wallerstein.

Key Features:

* Entries on all the concepts of the main psychoanalytic schools of thought
including the analytic psychologist, Jung.
* Full coverage of: Freud, Fairbairn, Jung, Klein, Bion, Kohut, Winnicott and Lacan. Existential psychoanalysis is covered in detail, as are Group psychoanalysis, Child psychotherapy and Psychiatry.
*Some 50 extended essays on links with other subjects including: Philosophy, Ethology, Literature, Film, Politics, Feminism, Neuroscience, Human Nature, Religion and many more.
* Entries on all the main figures of psychoanalysis, past and present as well as the history and practice of psychoanalysis in 47 countries worldwide.


"Besides admirably embracing the diversity of the field and its figures, this volume is especially valuable for discovering the pervasive but oft unacknowledged influence of psychoanalytic thought in the humanities, social sciences, arts, religion, politics and philosophy." - James Hillman

"An absolutely first-class achievement. Ross Skelton has succeeded in producing a superb piece of work."
Paul Roazen, Professor Emeritus of Social and Political Science, York University, Toronto
'The editors of this International Encyclopaedia present all of the major schools and each of the contiguous disciplines. Core concepts are discussed from multiple perspectives by authors who are experts from each of the several schools and from around the world. The result is unique - a compendium of what one needs to know to understand contemporary psychoanalytic discourse in the words of its leading scholars and most thoughtful observers. It will be of great value to students, teachers and practitioners. As an added reward, it is a
pleasure to read.' --Robert Michels, M.D., Walsh McDermott University Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, Cornell University

"A pioneering psychotherapist in the Republic of Ireland, Ross M. Skelton is the rare individual, who, in his writing, is able to demonstrate successfully the juncture of the art of science and the science of art. This is shown in works such as, "Simple Bilogic and the Poems of Louis MacNeice'" and "Comparison of Lacanian Clinical Technique With that of Jung." As General Editor of The Edinburgh International Encyclopaedia of Psychoanalysis, he brings his vision to this cumulative work." -- T. Byram Karasu, MD, Silverman Professor and The University Chairman, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

'I believe this Encyclopaedia will provide psychoanalysts of all schools and learned individuals alike with the best access to the complex and vital science of psychoanalysis.' -- Dr R. Horacio Etchegoyen, Training and Supervising Analyst, Buenos Aires Psychoanalytic Association

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