The war inside: psychoanalysis, total war, and the making of the democratic self in postwar Britain

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Abstract

The War Inside is a groundbreaking history of the contribution of British psychoanalysis to the making of social democracy, childhood, and the family during World War II and the postwar reconstruction. Psychoanalysts informed understandings not only of individuals, but also of broader political questions. By asserting a link between a real 'war outside' and an emotional 'war inside', psychoanalysts contributed to an increased state responsibility for citizens' mental health. They made understanding children and the mother-child relationship key to the successful creation of a democratic citizenry. Using rich archival sources, the book revises the common view of psychoanalysis as an elite discipline by taking it out of the clinic and into the war nursery, the juvenile court, the state welfare committee, and the children's hospital. It traces the work of the second generation of psychoanalysts after Freud in response to total war and explores its broad postwar effects on British society.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages272
Volume9781107035133
ISBN (Electronic)1107289246, 1107289793, 1107290295, 1107291348, 1107293065, 1107294134, 1107519233, 1139547313, 1139891596
ISBN (Print)1107035139, 9781107035133
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameStudies in the social and cultural history of modern warfare
PublisherCambridge University Press
Volume38

ULI Keywords

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  • Popular culture -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder -- Great Britain
  • War victims -- Mental health -- Great Britain
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- Children -- Great Britain
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- Social aspects -- Great Britain
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Children -- Great Britain
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Social aspects -- Great Britain
  • الثقافة الشعبيّة -- بريطانيا العظمى -- التاريخ -- القرن ٢٠
  • תרבות פופולרית -- בריטניה -- היסטוריה -- המאה ה-20

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