112th: Patricia Gherovici and Christopher Christian on Psychoanalysis in the Barrios

Event date: 
05/22/2019 - 7:00pm

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, counselling, anthropology, psychology, cultural and Latino studies, queer studies, urban studies, and sociology.


Patricia Gherovici is a psychoanalyst and analytic supervisor. She is Co-founder and Director of the Philadelphia Lacan Group; Associate Faculty, Psychoanalytic Studies Minor, University of Pennsylvania; Honorary Member at IPTAR; and Founding Member of Das Unbehagen. Her books include The Puerto Rican Syndrome (Other Press, 2003), winner of the Gradiva Award and the Boyer Prize; Please Select Your Gender: From the Invention of Hysteria to the Democratizing of Transgenderism (Routledge, 2010); and Transgender Psychoanalysis: A Lacanian Perspective on Sexual Difference (Routledge, 2017). She has edited (with Manya Steinkoler) Lacan on Madness: Madness Yes You Can’t (Routledge, 2015), Lacan, Psychoanalysis and Comedy (Cambridge University Press, 2016), and Psychoanalysis, Gender and Sexualities: From Feminism to Trans*(Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).  https://www.patriciagherovici.com/

Christopher Christian is Editor-in-Chief of Psychoanalytic Psychology, a training and supervising analyst, and Dean of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR), a component member of the IPA.He is co-editor of the books Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Conflict with Morris Eagle and David Wolitzky (Routledge, 2017) and The Second Century of Psychoanalysis: Evolving Perspectives on Therapeutic Actionwith Michael J. Diamond (Karnac, 2011). He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association and faculty and a member of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education, affiliated with NYU, School of Medicine. He is the executive producer of the documentary Psychoanalysis in El Barrio, winner of the Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing (PEP) Video Grant award in 2015. He has a psychoanalytic private practice in Manhattan. https://www.chrischristianphd.com/

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Book Culture
536 W 112th St
New York, NY 10025
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Published: Routledge - December 15th, 2018