Queering psychoanalysis: power, self and identity in psychoanalytic therapy with sexual minority clients

Hodges, I. 2011. Queering psychoanalysis: power, self and identity in psychoanalytic therapy with sexual minority clients. Psychology and Sexuality. 2 (1), pp. 29-44.

TitleQueering psychoanalysis: power, self and identity in psychoanalytic therapy with sexual minority clients
AuthorsHodges, I.
Abstract

In this article I consider whether psychoanalytic psychotherapy can be gay affirmative and ask to what extent is psychoanalytic practice able to incorporate a queer account of heteronormativity in work with sexual minority patients/clients. I discuss the often pathologising vocabulary of psychoanalysis and go on to consider its theoretical use in providing a complex and practical understanding of the oppression of sexual minority persons, along with a model of therapeutic work and Oedipal relations which may contribute to helping sexual minority patients/clients work through the impact of growing up and making a life in a heteronormative culture. Thus, in this article I seek to address the question of how a queering of the foundations of psychoanalytic therapy may offer a means of effectively challenging heteronormativity both throughout our wider culture and within psychoanalytic theory and practice itself.

JournalPsychology and Sexuality
Journal citation2 (1), pp. 29-44
ISSN1941-9899
YearJan 2011
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/19419899.2011.536313
Publication dates
PublishedJan 2011

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