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.