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Relational Perspectives Book Series

Series Editor: Lewis Aron, Adrienne Harris

Associate Editor: Steven Kuchuck, Eyal Rozmarin

The Relational Perspectives Book Series (RPBS) publishes books that grow out of or contribute to the relational tradition in contemporary psychoanalysis. The term relational psychoanalysis was first used by Greenberg and Mitchell (1983) to bridge the traditions of interpersonal relations, as developed within interpersonal psychoanalysis and object relations, as developed within contemporary British theory. But, under the seminal work of the late Stephen Mitchell, the term relational psychoanalysis grew and began to accrue to itself many other influences and developments. Various tributaries—interpersonal psychoanalysis, object relations theory, self psychology, empirical infancy research, and elements of contemporary Freudian and Kleinian thought—flow into this tradition, which understands relational configurations between self and others, both real and fantasied, as the primary subject of psychoanalytic investigation.  

We refer to the relational tradition, rather than to a relational school, to highlight that we are identifying a trend, a tendency within contemporary psychoanalysis, not a more formally organized or coherent school or system of beliefs. Our use of the term relational signifies a dimension of theory and practice that has become salient across the wide spectrum of contemporary psychoanalysis. Now under the editorial supervision of Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris with the assistance of Associate Editors Steven Kuchuck and Eyal Rozmarin, the Relational Perspectives Book Series originated in 1990 under the editorial eye of the late Stephen A. Mitchell. Mitchell was the most prolific and influential of the originators of the relational tradition. He was committed to dialogue among psychoanalysts and he abhorred the authoritarianism that dictated adherence to a rigid set of beliefs or technical restrictions. He championed open discussion, comparative and integrative approaches, and he promoted new voices across the generations.  

Included in the Relational Perspectives Book Series are authors and works that come from within the relational tradition, extend and develop the tradition, as well as works that critique relational approaches or compare and contrast it with alternative points of view. The series includes our most distinguished senior psychoanalysts along with younger contributors who bring fresh vision.

New and Published Books

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  1. The Analyst in the Inner City, Second Edition

    Race, Class, and Culture Through a Psychoanalytic Lens

    By Neil Altman

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    In 1995, Neil Altman did what few psychoanalysts did or even dared to do: He brought the theory and practice of psychoanalysis out of the cozy confines of the consulting room and into the realms of the marginalized, to the very individuals whom this theory and practice often overlooked. In doing so...

    Published October 5th 2009 by Routledge

  2. Dare to Be Human

    A Contemporary Psychoanalytic Journey

    By Michael Shoshani Rosenbaum

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Daniel is 35, successful, a high level professional and an accomplished academic - yet he is also a virgin, who fears that he will spend the rest of his life alone. More importantly, Daniel has existed in an emotional bubble all of his life, and has had no intimate friendships. In other words, he...

    Published February 9th 2009 by Routledge

  3. Gender as Soft Assembly

    By Adrienne Harris

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Gender as Soft Assembly weaves together insights from different disciplinary domains to open up new vistas of clinical understanding of what it means to inhabit, to perform, and to be, gendered. Opposing the traditional notion of development as the linear unfolding of predictable stages,...

    Published August 25th 2008 by Routledge

  4. Repair of the Soul

    Metaphors of Transformation in Jewish Mysticism and Psychoanalysis

    By Karen E. Starr

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Repair of the Soul examines transformation from the perspective of Jewish mysticism and psychoanalysis, addressing the question of how one achieves self-understanding that leads not only to insight but also to meaningful change. In this beautifully written and thought-provoking book, Karen Starr...

    Published June 11th 2008 by Routledge

  5. Relational Psychoanalysis, Volume 3

    New Voices

    Edited by Melanie Suchet, Adrienne Harris, Lewis Aron

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Relational psychoanalysis has revivified psychoanalytic discourse by attesting to the analyst's multidimensional subjectivity and then showing how this subjectivity opens to deeper insights about the experience of analysis. Volume 3 of the Relational Psychoanalysis Book Series enlarges this...

    Published March 22nd 2007 by Routledge

  6. Creating Bodies

    Eating Disorders as Self-Destructive Survival

    By Katie Gentile

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Amid the welter of clinical studies, memoirs, and other death-defying tales of eating disorders, we remain unclear about the relationships among trauma, anorexia, and bulimia, and about the psychological pathways to recovery. Creating Bodies offers the gripping story of healing and...

    Published August 15th 2006 by Routledge

  7. Relational Psychoanalysis, Volume 2

    Innovation and Expansion

    Edited by Lewis Aron, Adrienne Harris

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    The "relational turn" has transformed the field of psychoanalysis, with an impact that cuts across different schools of thought and clinical modalities. In the six years following publication of Volume 1, Relational Psychoanalysis: The Emergence of a Tradition, relational theorizing has continued...

    Published April 10th 2005 by Routledge

  8. Child Therapy in the Great Outdoors

    A Relational View

    By Sebastiano Santostefano

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Building on relational conceptualizations of enactment and on developmental research that attests to the role of embodied, nonverbal language in the meanings children impute to their experiences, Sebastiano Santostefano offers this compelling demonstration of effective child therapy conducted in...

    Published November 11th 2004 by Routledge

  9. Impossible Training

    A Relational View of Psychoanalytic Education

    By Emanuel Berman

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Over the past century psychoanalysis has gone on to establish training institutes, professional societies, accreditation procedures, and models of education, thus bringing into uneasy alliance all three impossible pursuits. In Impossible Training: A Relational View of Psychoanalytic Education,...

    Published August 1st 2004 by Routledge

  10. Relationality

    From Attachment to Intersubjectivity

    By Stephen A. Mitchell

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    In his final contribution to the psychoanalytic literature published two months before his untimely death on December 21, 2000, the late Stephen A. Mitchell provided a brilliant synthesis of the interrelated ideas that hover around, and describe aspects of, the relational matrix of human experience...

    Published November 30th 2003 by Routledge