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Introduction

  • Naomi Segal
  • Jean Owen
Chapter

Abstract

From Freud’s theory of irreplaceability to the contemporary media, the drama of replacement in human relations is both complex and dynamic, and potentially painful to all the dramatis personae, the replacee, the replacer and the person who unites and divides them. In recent films and TV series, ageing men relive choices not taken, while their womenfolk feel ousted and duplicated, and women of childbearing age find their working lives rocked by other women who take over their child or career. Does the fear of being replaced begin in infancy, or do jealous siblings take an intellectual step forward? Do replacement children always veer towards genius or madness? This book takes a vast theme in a multitude of directions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Naomi Segal
    • 1
  • Jean Owen
    • 2
  1. 1.Birkbeck, University of LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Independent ResearcherLondonUK

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