Intersectionality and Relational Psychoanalysis: New Perspectives on Race, Gender, and Sexuality examines the links between race, gender, and sexuality through the dual perspectives of relational psychoanalysis and the theory of intersectionality.

This anthology discusses the ways in which clinicians and patients inadvertently reproduce experiences of privilege and marginalization in the consulting room. Focusing particularly on the experiences of immigrants, women of color, sex workers, and LGBTQ individuals, the contributing authors explore how similarities and differences between the patient's and analyst's gender, race, and sexual orientation can be acknowledged, challenged, and negotiated. Combining intersectional theory with relational psychoanalytic thought, the authors introduce a number of thought-provoking clinical vignettes to suggest how adopting an intersectional approach can help us navigate the space between pathology and difference in psychotherapy.

By bringing together these new psychoanalytically-informed perspectives on clinical work with minority and marginalized individuals, Intersectionality and Relational Psychoanalysis makes an important contribution to psychoanalysis, psychology, and social work.

chapter |4 pages


part I|55 pages

Queer identities

chapter Chapter 1|26 pages

Who is queer around here?

Overcoming rigid thinking and relating in patient and analyst

chapter Chapter 2|27 pages

Minding the gap

Intersections among gender, race and class in work with gender-variant children

part II|55 pages

Sexual exploitation of women

chapter Chapter 3|31 pages

Subordinated selves

Integrating intersectional oppression and the unconscious mind in prostitution discourse

chapter Chapter 4|22 pages

Skin memories

On race, love, and loss

part III|52 pages

Immigrant experiences

chapter Chapter 6|25 pages

Strangers in paradise

Trevor, Marley, and me: Reggae music and the foreigner other

part IV|58 pages

Clinical theory

chapter Chapter 8|26 pages

Intersectionality encountering Laplanche

Models of otherness and the incomprehensibility of perpetration

chapter Chapter 9|9 pages


From politics to identity