Rethinking the Social and the Psyche

The questions raised by gender and neoliberal transformations, I want to suggest, require that we think again about the opposition of the psychic and the social and accompanying oppositions, such as the private and the public, the state and civil society. Surely, as feminists we have given a good deal of attention to the deconstruction […]

Schizophrenic Techniques: Cybernetics, the Human Sciences, and the Double Bind

In 1969 in a symposium on schizophrenia and the double bind at the National Institute of Mental Health, the cybernetician and ethnographer Gregory Bateson stood before an audience of some of the most prominent psychiatrists and psychologists in the world and proceeded to discuss the mental life of animals. This was not a question of […]