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The Problem of the Passions : Feminism, Psychoanalysis, and Social Theory - Cynthia Burack

The Problem of the Passions

Feminism, Psychoanalysis, and Social Theory

Paperback Published: 1st March 1995
ISBN: 9780814712528
Number Of Pages: 152

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"Reminds us of the importance of unsettling and often disruptive and messy emotions like rage, greed, anger, and hate, and the effect of these disagreeable passions' on the self and perception." --James M. Glass Department of Political Science University of Maryland, College Park Author of Shattered Selves "A timely contribution to the fields of political theory, feminist theory, and psychology." --Jane Flax,Professor of Political ScienceHoward University "A fascinating and important treatment of feminist theory...a sensitive and searching critique that reminds us of the importance of unsettling and often disruptive and messy emotions like rage, greed, anger, and hate, and the effect of these 'disagreeable passions' on the self and perception." --James M. Glass,University of Maryland, College ParkAuthor of Shattered Selves "...deserves to be read and taken seriously." --E. Victor Wolfenstein, UCLA, Author of Psychoanalytic-Marxism: Groundwork. What has too often been missing from discussions of women's psychology in social theory is an account of women as ambivalent: both empathic and enraged, loving and hating. The Problem of the Passions fills this void. Examining the work of such feminist theorists as Carol Gilligan, Nancy Chodorow, Jessica Benjamin, and Dorothy Dinnerstein in a new light, Burack argues that feminist social theory can be repaired through attention to the pioneering psychoanalytic work of Melanie Klein. Sure to be of interest to feminists, psychoanalysts, political scientists, and social theorists, The Problem of the Passions is essential reading for anyone concerned with feminism and questions of identity in social thought.

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"Reminds us of the importance of unsettling and often disruptive and messy emotions like rage, greed, anger, and hate, and the effect of these disagreeable passions' on the self and perception."

-James M. Glass, Department of Political Science, University of Maryland, College Park, author of Shattered Selves

Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
The Passions and Theories of Communityp. 7
The Self in Visions of Communityp. 7
Relation in Feminist Theories of Communityp. 9
The Communitarian Critics of Liberalismp. 10
The Self in Communitarian Philosophyp. 11
Two Communitarian Accounts of the Selfp. 14
The Response of Feminist Political Theoryp. 18
The "Communitarian" Self in Feminismp. 21
Coming to Terms with the Passionsp. 26
The Disagreeable Passions in Feminismp. 26
Early Object Relations Theoryp. 30
Feminism against Object Relationsp. 33
Melanie Kleinp. 38
Donald Winnicottp. 39
The Feminist Appropriation of Object Relationsp. 41
The Voices of Care and Reparationp. 47
The Care Perspectivep. 47
Thinking and Feelingp. 50
Thinking, Feeling, and Genderp. 54
The Problem of Aggressionp. 56
Gilligan's Rejection of Psychoanalytic Theoryp. 60
Klein and the Morality of Reparationp. 62
Klein, Winnicott, and the Disagreeable Passionsp. 65
Reparation and Carep. 66
The Passions in Feminist Object Relationsp. 70
Object Relations Feminismp. 70
Nancy Chodorow: Gender and Motheringp. 71
Mature Relations and the Unreasonable Childp. 74
Melanie Klein: The Balance of Love and Hatep. 77
Jessica Benjamin: The Bonds of Lovep. 81
Love, Power, and Ragep. 83
Donald Winnicott and Destructionp. 87
Reconstituting the Self in Social Theoryp. 93
The Disagreeable Passions: A Reprisep. 93
Dorothy Dinnersteinp. 95
The Persistence of the Passionsp. 97
Splitting in Feminist Theoryp. 103
Communitarianism Revisitedp. 105
Psycho-Social Theory Revisitedp. 106
Whole Selves in Social Theoryp. 110
Notesp. 115
Bibliographyp. 127
Indexp. 137
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780814712528
ISBN-10: 0814712525
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 152
Published: 1st March 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 0.91
Weight (kg): 0.24

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