When we grow up, siblings feature prominently in sex, violence and the construction of gender differences but they are absent from our theories. This book examines the reasons for this omission and begins the search for a new paradigm based on siblings and lateral relationships.
This book will be essential reading for those studying sociology, psychoanalysis and gender studies. It will also appeal to a wide general readership.
1 Siblings and Psychoanalysis: an Overview.
2 Did Oedipus have a Sister?.
3 Sister Brother/Brother Sister Incest.
4 Looking Sideways: A Child is being Beaten .
5 The Difference between Gender and Sexual Difference.
6 Who s Been Sitting in My Chair?.
7 Attachment and Maternal Deprivation: How did John Bowlby Miss the Siblings?.
8 In our Own Times: Sexuality, Psychoanalysis and Social Change.
9 Conclusion: Siblings and the Engendering of Gender.
References and Select Bibliography.
Olwen Hufton University of Oxford
"In 1974, Mitchell s Psychoanalysis and Feminism offered a major challenge to a resistant Anglo–Saxon feminism with her compelling case that psychoanalysis, most often seen by feminists to be part of the problem, was rather a powerful resource for feminist explanation and understanding of male domination, female oppression. Almost thirty years on, with Siblings, she has made a second, perhaps even more radical intervention. Her analysis of the lateral relations of siblings and peers promises to transform many of the recurrent issues and debates of contemporary feminism. ... This new book offers richly stimulating resources that should fuel feminist scholarship and debate for many years."
Terry Lovell, Warwick University