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The American Journal of Psychoanalysis

, Volume 78, Issue 3, pp 308–313 | Cite as

Beyond Doer and Done To: Recognition Theory, Intersubjectivity and the Third, by Jessica Benjamin, Routledge, London and New York, 2018, 278pp.

  • Ian Miller
Book Reviews
Jessica Benjamin’s Beyond Doer and Done To is revolutionary. It is a manifesto whose consequences, Benjamin explains, are hoped to “reach across the disciplinary barriers and enable non-psychoanalysts to access the social and philosophical implications of intersubjective psychoanalysis” (p. 1). Benjamin’s intention

is congruent with my original interdisciplinary starting point in the critical theory of society- a social theory aimed at unmasking hidden pathologies of power and domination- as well as my current concern with the processes of social healing and witnessing of collective trauma (indeed, in light of current events, with non-violent resistance). (p. 1)

These, together with Benjamin’s experience of motherhood, study of mother-infant interaction, passionate involvement in second-generation feminism, international political activism, as well as long clinical practice, underlie a powerful document.

Benjamin’s force and clarity are to be appreciated. Her banner of “intersubjective...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kilmainham Congregational ChurchDublin 8Ireland

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