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What is a Child?
Author: Tine Norregaard Arroyo

ISBN: 9781780490557
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 16 September 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 14.7 x 2.0
What is a child? For Freud, the child was never a category or concept of any theoretical value. Instead he proposed the notion of the infantile as a time outside of history. Thus there are different notions of time and history at play in the psychoanalysis of a child, as well as in the history of the field itself. In clinical practice, in society, and in law, however, childhood is defined in reference to age and development.

Within psychoanalysis there has been a confusion of childhood as construed through the retrospective memories of adults, with the child who is observed and educated. This conflation marked the early history of psychoanalysis of the child, a field which began as a family affair. It was Hermine Hug-Hellmuth who first declared that it was impossible for anyone to analyze his own child. This foundational statement also enabled her to theorize the place of the parents in the analysis of the child.

Our modern notion of the child emerged historically since the decline of the Middle Ages and through the Enlightenment. The child became a subject of Church and State, coinciding with a new repression of sexuality and d...

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