“Readers in Humanities tend to ignore the fact that psychoanalysis is not primarily an instrument of Cultural Studies, but a clinical practice, a social link which deals with the hard real of symptoms. The shift from purely theoretical topics to the hard ‘Leninist’ questions about psychoanalysis as social practice, its state regulation, its compliance with or subversion of hegemonic power relations, is especially pertinent today, when we are witnessing a renewed world-wide attempt to subsume psychoanalysis under the grid of medical establishment. Psychoanalytic Practice and State Regulation does this ‘Leninist’ job with brio—it is a book for everyone who deals in any way with psychoanalysis!”
“To preserve and protect the practice of psychoanalysis, analysts and therapists must become aware of the threats to psychoanalysis posed by the rush by differing state legislatures to regulate psychoanalysis. This incredibly valuable book provides clinicians not only with an accurate portrait of what is taking place in many differing countries, it also offers a psychoanalytical understanding of why analysts have been so passive when under such threat, and it proposes solutions to the dilemma the profession faces. It is a work of leadership, something sorely missed amongst this important profession. It should be read and discussed by all psychoanalysts and therapists if they truly wish the profession to survive.”
“Deepens and theorises in an international context the growing concern of many, like myself, who fought for years for statutory regulation of psychotherapy, that whatever benefits there might be are by now outweighed by the soul-destroying ignorance with which the British Government and its agencies have approached the matter.”
About the Author
Ian Parker is Professor of Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University and Secretary of Manchester Psychoanalytic Matrix. He is a practicing psychoanalyst, member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, the London Society of the New Lacanian School, and the College of Psychoanalysts, UK.
Simona Revelli is a practicing analyst. She works in London privately and in the NHS. She is the translator of a number of Italian psychoanalytic contributions. She is a member of the College of Psychoanalysts-UK and an affiliate member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research.