In this critique and extension of the work of S.H.Foulkes, Farhad Dalal presents a thorough contemporary appraisal of the theory of group analysis and its relevance to psychoanalysis as a whole. The author argues that Foulkes failed to develop a specific set of group concepts, relying instead on the traditional individualistic framework of Freud. The book explores why Foulkes failed to escape from the orthodox mother-infant paradigm and offers a new post-Foulkesian interpretation of group analytic theory.
Taking the Group Seriously is divided into six parts which trace the history of ideas behind group work, and draws on a wide range of subjects to support its thesis: not only psychoanalysis and group analysis, but also sociology, biology, chaos theory, genetics, economics, game theory and discourse theory. Using the author's practical group experience and including the latest ideas on the subject, this volume will be of interest to all those working in the field of psychoanalysis.
Farhad Dalal is training group analyst and supervisor for the Institute of Group Analysis, London. He is in private practice as a psychotherapist and group analyst, and is a member of the North East London Psychotherapy and Counselling Association and the Group Analytic Network
Part I: Freud. 1. Introduction: 2. Freud: Culturalist or Nativist? 3. Freud: Idealist or Materialist? 4. The Freudian Infant. 5.The Development of Psychological Structures 6. Phylogeny. 7. In and Between Groups. 8. The Freudian View of Groups. 9. Summary. Part II: Foulkes. 10. Introduction. 11.The Basis of Foulkes' Radical Ideas. 12. Foulkes' Developmental Model. 13. Modifying the Freudian Developmental Frame. 14. Modifying the Freudian Developmental Frame. 15. Between the Internal and the External. 16. Recasting the Life and Death Instincts. 17. Three Group-Specific Ideas. 18. The Matrix. 17. A Summary of the Ideas of Radical Foulkes. 18. Application of the Theories. 19. Hostility and Aggression. 20. Summary. Part III: Interlude between Foulkes and Elias. 21. Interlude Figuring out the Ground. 22. An Overview of Structuralism and Post-Structuralism. Part IV: Elias. 23. Introduction. 24. Figuration. 25. Power Relations I. 26. Symbol Theory. 27. A Bird's Eye View. 28. Power Relations II. 29. The Preservation of Power Differentials. Part V: Biology. 30.Introduction. 31. Hot Air and Desire. 32. Order and Chaos. 33. The Co-operative Gene. 34. The Evolution of Culture. 35. The Return of Group Selection. 36. Free Will and Determinism (again) 37. Summary. Part VI: Elements of a Post-Foulkesian Group Analytic Theory. 38. Introduction. 39. Belonging. 40. Overview of Matte-Blanco's Theory. 41. The Structure of Thought. 42. A Digression. 43. Increasing the Complexities of Belonging. 44. A Partial Summary. 45. Identity Crisis. 46. The Emotional Need to Belong. 47. From Here to Infinity: Further Strucures of Thinking. 48. Name-Calling and Hair-Splitting. 49. A Reprise. 50. A Reformation of the Notion of Identity. 51. Mind the Gap. 52. Conflict. 53. Power Relations in action. 54. The Social Unconscious. 55. Cultural Transmission and Cohesion. 56. The Therapy Group. 57. Constraint and Order. Index.