Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 5–14 | Cite as

Rethinking psychoanalysis in the psychosocial

  • Stephen Frosh


Psychoanalysis has a central yet contested position in the emergence of psychosocial studies as a new ‘transdisciplinary’ space. Psychoanalysis potentially offers a vocabulary and practice of crossing boundaries that seems to be at one with the psychosocial project of understanding psychic and social processes ‘as always implicated in each other, as mutually constitutive, co-produced, or abstracted levels of a single dialectical process’ (Frosh, 2018a). The intersection ‘psychoanalysis, culture, society’, with its promise of an explicit engagement with social, political and ethical relations, and its traversing of disciplinary boundaries across the arts, humanities and social sciences, should therefore be crucial for the psychosocial project. This paper will consider where we are with ‘psychoanalysis, culture and society’ in relation to the ‘psychosocial’ – and what this means for a world much in need of more fluid, trans/disruptive boundaries.


psychosocial studies psychoanalysis transdisciplinarity postcolonialism trauma 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychosocial StudiesBirkbeck, University of LondonLondonUK

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