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Freudian Repression : Conversation Creating the Unconscious - Prof. Michael Billig

Freudian Repression

Conversation Creating the Unconscious

Paperback Published: 3rd January 2000
ISBN: 9780521659567
Number Of Pages: 298

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In Freudian Repression, Michael Billig presents an original reformulation of Freud's concept of repression, showing that in his theory of the unconscious he fails to examine how people actually repress shameful thoughts. Drawing on recent insights from discursive psychology, Billig suggests that in learning to speak we also learn what not to say: language is thus both expressive and repressive. He applies this perspective to some of Freud's classic case histories such as 'Dora'and the 'Rat Man' and the great psychologist's own life to show the importance of small words in speech. By focusing on previously overlooked exchanges, even Freud himself can be seen to be repressing. Freudian Repression also offers new insights on the current debate about recovered memories and the ideological background to psychoanalysis which will guarantee its interdisciplinary appeal to psychologists, language theorists, discourse analysts, students of psychoanalysis, literary studies and sociologists.

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'This insightful book is well worth reading.' The Psychologist

The importance of repression
Thinking, speaking and repressing
Language, politeness and desire
Oedipal desires and Oedipal parents
Remembering to forget
Words of unconscious love
Repressing an oppressed identity
Ideological implications
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ISBN: 9780521659567
ISBN-10: 0521659566
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 298
Published: 3rd January 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.84 x 15.27  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45