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Law and the Unconscious : A Psychoanalytic Perspective / Anne C. Dailey.

Author/Creator:
Dailey, Anne C. author., Author,
Publication:
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2017]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (320 pages)
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Forensic psychiatry.
Insanity (Law) -- United States.
Law -- Psychological aspects.
Psychoanalysis.
Subconsciousness.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
How do we bring the law into line with people's psychological experience? How can psychoanalysis help us understand irrational actions and bad choices? Our legal system relies on the idea that people act reasonably and of their own free will, yet some still commit crimes with a high likelihood of being caught, sign obviously one-sided contracts, or violate their own moral codes-behavior many would call fundamentally irrational. Anne Dailey shows that a psychoanalytic perspective grounded in solid clinical work can bring the law into line with the reality of psychological experience. Approaching contemporary legal debates with fresh insights, this original and powerful critique sheds new light on issues of overriding social importance, including false confessions, sexual consent, threats of violence, and criminal responsibility. By challenging basic legal assumptions with a nuanced and humane perspective, Dailey shows how psychoanalysis can further our legal system's highest ideals of individual fairness and systemic justice.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Introduction
One. Why Psychoanalysis Matters to Law
Two. The Psychoanalytic Tradition in American Law
Three. Psychoanalysis and Free Will
Four. Guilty Minds
Five. Intimate Contracts
Six. Violent Threats
Seven. Sexual Choice
Eight. Children's Rights
Nine. Conclusion
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 15. Sep 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780300190083
Publisher Number:
10.12987/9780300190083 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.