Psychoanalysis and Social Justice, 1918–1938
Elizabeth Ann Danto, New York: Columbia University Press, 2008
About the Author:
Elizabeth Ann Danto, Ph.D.
is professor emeritus, Hunter College, City University of New York; writer and international lecturer on the history of psychoanalysis as a marker of urban culture; author of Historical Research (Oxford University Press, 2009) and Freud’s Free Clinics – Psychoanalysis & Social Justice, 1918-1938 (Columbia University Press, 2008) which received the Gradiva Award and the Goethe Prize.
Today many view Sigmund Freud as an elitist whose psychoanalytic treatment was reserved for the intellectually and financially advantaged. However, in this new work Elizabeth Ann Danto presents a strikingly different picture of Freud and the early psychoanalytic movement. Danto recovers the neglected history of Freud and other analysts‘ intense social activism and their commitment to treating the poor and working classes. read more …