Patricia Gherovici and Christopher Christian on Psychoanalysis in the Barrios
Where: Book Culture
536 W. 112th St.
212-865-1588 Price: Free
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Join us at Book Culture on 112th on Wednesday, May 22nd at 7pm as we welcome Patricia Gherovici and Christopher Christian to discuss their latest book, Psychoanalysis in the Barrios: Race, Class, and the Unconsciousness. Alfredo Carrasquillo, a Lacanian psychoanalyst from San Juan, Puerto Rico, will be joining Patricia and Christopher in conversation.
Psychoanalysis in the Barrios: Race, Class, and the Unconscious demonstrates that psychoanalytic principles can be applied successfully in disenfranchised Latino populations, refuting the misguided idea that psychoanalysis is an expensive luxury only for the wealthy.
As opposed to most Latin American countries, where psychoanalysis is seen as a practice tied to the promotion of social justice, in the United States psychoanalysis has been viewed as reserved for the well-to-do, assuming that poor people lack the “sophistication” that psychoanalysis requires, thus heeding invisible but no less rigid class boundaries. Challenging such discrimination, the authors testify to the efficacy of psychoanalysis in the barrios, upending the unfounded widespread belief that poor people are so consumed with the pressures of everyday survival that they only benefit from symptom-focused interventions. Sharing vivid vignettes of psychoanalytic treatments, this collection sheds light on the psychological complexities of life in the barrio that is often marked by poverty, migration, marginalization, and barriers of language, class, and race.
This interdisciplinary collection features essays by distinguished international scholars and clinicians. It represents a unique crossover that will appeal to readers in clinical practice, social work, counseling, anthropology, psychology, cultural and Latino studies, queer studies, urban studies, and sociology.Buy tickets/get more info now