CULTURE AND IDEOLOGY IN IAN SUTTIE'S THEORY OF MIND

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Abstract

The author discusses the comprehensive outlook that shaped Ian Suttie's psychology. Suttie is seen as a background influence behind the British school of psychoanalysis, and his ideas pervade that school and therefore late-modern notions of the mind. The author describes the formation of Suttie's independent theory, and argues that his project was expressly ideological, as he tried to counter what he saw as the reactionary and disruptive influence of Freud's classical theory. Suttie offered an optimistic perception of the mind, which could serve as the basis for a progressive social policy. This perception was rooted in the outlook of early 20th-century reforming liberalism, whose preferences and prejudices it shares.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-40
Number of pages22
JournalHistory of Psychology
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2009

Keywords

  • I. D. Suttie
  • anthropology
  • ideology
  • object relations
  • psychoanalysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • History

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