Some Recent Freudiana

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(5), 359–362. Reviews the books, Freud and Modern Society: An Outline and Analysis of Freud's Sociology by Robert Bocock; Social Amnesia: A Critique of Conformist Psychology from Adler to Laing by Russell Jacoby; Freud and the Dilemmas of Psychology by Marie Jahoda; The Freudian Paradigm: Psychoanalysis and Scientific Thought edited by Md. Mujeeb-ur-Rahman and A History of Aggression in Freud by Paul E: Stepansky (see record 1980-00031-001). These five books share common concern with Freudian theory. All five books are scholarly and philosophical rather than empirical; all of the authors are deeply knowledgeable in Freudian concepts and judicious in their interpretations. Jahoda's book presents various facets of psychoanalysis with reasonable fairness and thoroughness. Sociology ignores Freudian theory too much and Bocock seeks to redress the balance by his book. Jacoby's book is a slashing attack on those “Neo-Freudians” and “Post-Freudians” for having forsaken the wisdom of Freud. Stepansky's book is a more moderate and more focused analysis of one facet of psychoanalytic theory. Finally, book edited by Mohammed Mujeeb-ur-Rahman looks at Freud from the vantage of scientific method. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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