Aboriginal Populations in the Mind. Race and Primitivity in by Celia Brickman

By Celia Brickman

What half does racial distinction play in psychoanalysis? What will be discovered while contemplating this query from a postcolonial point of view? during this refined and commanding research, Celia Brickman explores how the colonialist racial discourse of late-nineteenth-century anthropology stumbled on its method into Freud´s paintings, the place it got here to play a covert yet the most important position in his notions of subjectivity. Brickman argues that the typical psychoanalytic proposal of "primitivity" as an early level of mental improvement inevitably contains with it implications of an anthropologically understood "primitivity," which used to be conceived by means of Freud -and probably nonetheless is this present day -in colonialist and racial phrases. She relates the racial subtext embedded in Freud´s notion to his representations of gender and faith and indicates how this subtext kinds a part of the bigger historicizing pattern of the psychoanalytic venture. ultimately, she indicates how colonialist lines have made their manner into the...

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By the time it reached Freud, the concept of primitivity had accumulated a host of outmoded assumptions about human development and human otherness, about cultural and religious attainments, and it was associated with a range of policies that had coordinated the relationships between western and non-western nations as far back as we can see. Because so much in psychoanalysis came to be apprehended under the sign of the primitive, this concept not only leads us to the relationship between evolutionary thought and Freud’s model of the psyche, but, in so doing, it gives us access to the varied, often covert, and interrelated connections between race and psychopathology, race and gender, race and temporality, and race and religion.

Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0–231–12582–8 (cloth : alk. paper)— ISBN 0–231–12583–6 (paper : alk. paper) 1. Psychoanalysis. 2. Freud, Sigmund, 1856–1939 I. Title. 19′5—dc21 2002041423 A Columbia University Press E-book. edu. CONTENTS Acknowledgments Introduction 1. The Figure of the Primitive: A Brief Genealogy 2. Psychoanalysis and the Colonial Imagination: Evolutionary Thought in Freud’s Texts 3. Race and Gender, Primitivity and Femininity: Psychologies of Enthrallment 4.

What roles did this figure play in the discursive frameworks that governed the European relationship with its cultural others? What were the layers of meaning sedimented in “the primitive” and its related terms by the time Freud was to borrow them from his reading of the leading anthropologists of his day? 3 Therefore this chapter begins by focusing largely on the representations of primitivity that emerged out of the European experience in the Americas. Frameworks of Encounter The interlocking terms—primitive, savage, barbarian, together with heathen, pagan, infidel—figured variously in the popular, literary, religious, and legal frameworks with which Europeans encountered lands and peoples previously unknown to them from the fifteenth century on, and became part of the discursive regime that would shape the modern colonial enterprise.

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