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Psychoanalysis, socialization and society : the psychoanalytical thought and interpretation of Alfred Lorenzer

Psychoanalyse, Sozialisation und Gesellschaft : zum psychoanalytischen Denken und Deuten von Alfred Lorenzer
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Leithäuser, Thomas

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Abstract "Alfred Lorenzer belongs to those few psychoanalysts, who did understand psychoanalysis not only in clinical therapy, clinical thinking and research but also as a social science. In the perspective of Lorenzer the individual fundamentally could not be taken out of his social contexts. The therapeutic setting of psychoanalysis insofar is an artificial undertaking, a psychological experiment of a special kind. Lorenzer did understand society not only as an environment outside of the individual, how it is studied through most of the psychological paradigms. In the sense of Lorenzer society penetrates and mediates the Jeep individual structures. He describes this process as a socialization of the individual. In the following essay the author discusses the perspective of Lorenzer's research in the fields of mother-child-relationship, of the child's learning of language, of work-relationships, and of religious and ideological attitudes. The research interest is directed on the complex mediation of familial and social interaction forms. The center of the analyses is the concept of the unconsciousness, which Lorenzer has developed in a close relation to Sigmund Freud." (author's abstract)
Keywords psychoanalysis; socialization; condition of socialization; society; image of society; therapy; research approach; paradigm; environment; language; attitude; mother; child; interaction; consciousness
Classification General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories; Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Psychology; Social Psychology
Method descriptive study; theory application
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 56-70
Journal Historical Social Research, 38 (2013) 2
Issue topic Cultural analysis and in-depth hermeneutics
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works