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It's the stupid relationship

Parker, Ian (2010) It's the stupid relationship. European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling, 12 (3). pp. 225-234. ISSN 1469-5901

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Relational psychoanalysis promises to connect the personal and the political, and so poses a particularly painful challenge to ‘Left Lacanians’. It seems to force a choice between the ‘Left’ and ‘Lacanian’ sides of our practice. It rubs at a sore point in Lacanian work, at a point of uneasy alliance between radical politics on the one hand and, on the other, the one-to-one frame of abstracted, individualised and limited horizons of change in the consulting room. I take up some of the questions that the relational turn poses for us on the Left, which I think is where much of the appeal of this turn is now, and for us Lacanians who are sometimes on the Left as well.

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