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"Celia Brickman's masterpiece, Race in Psychoanalysis, is one of only a handful of books that I would describe as having profoundly changed the way I think about Freud and the development of psychoanalysis...[it] will remain a classic and generations will need to study it to understand and re-conceptualize the most fundamental assumptions and tenets of psychoanalysis.."

Lewis Aron, Ph.D., Director, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

"Brickman's remarkably innovative work turns the lend of post-colonial theory on the unconscious racial assumptions of psychoanalsysis, offering a new and radical take on the central tension in Freud's thought between valorizing and undermining the idea of the "civilized" world. Erudite, lucid and compelling, Race in Psychoanalysis is a timely argument for transforming psychoanalysis into a genuinely critical theory of the repudiation of the Other. It should be read by all students of psychoanalysis as well as everyone interested in the history of psychoanalysis and its contribution to modern thought."

Jessica Benjamin, author of Beyond Doer and Done To: Recognition Theory, Intersubjectivity and the Third.

"Brickman illuminates the manner in which our colonialist and enslaving past continues to reverberate within psychoanalytic theory and practice. Her perspective is a wonderful new resource to locate pathways to a multicultural, racial and ethnically diverse discourse within theory construction and training in psychoanalysis. 'The pitfalls and paradoxes concerning race that are embedded within the field' become points of access for those perceived as other, not-white, and different from whiteness, to become psychoanalysts. Brickman points to the lived psychodynamics of racialization as the way to further Freud's wish that his project be for the people."

Annie Lee Jones, clinical psychologist/psychoanalyst, member of Black Psychoanalysts Speak.

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