Date of Award

1-1-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History and University Honors

Department

History

Subjects

Psychoanalysis -- History -- 20th century, Psychoanalysis -- North America -- Public opinion, Psychoanalysis -- Europe -- Public opinion

DOI

10.15760/honors.11

Abstract

The psychoanalytic conflict surrounding lay and medical analysis was a prominent conflict within both the European and American psychoanalytic communities. This thesis is an analysis of that conflict from the time period of 1900-1940. I argue that this conflict is an expression of two conflicting ideas for the disciplinary identity of psychoanalysis. Lay analysts believed that psychoanalysis should be a distinct discipline and be used in a multidisciplinary context. Medical analysts believed that through aligning psychoanalysis with medicine it would obtain professional legitimacy. This thesis also covers concepts of professionalization in disciplines.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/8102

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