The Psychodynamics of Gender and Gender Role
Few aspects of psychoanalytic theory are as misunderstood as psychoanalytic models of gender and gender role. The theory has evolved considerably since Freud's time, and contemporary object-relations and self-psychology perspectives contrast sharply with earlier work in this area. Chapters in The Psychodynamics of Gender and Gender Role, the final volume in the Empirical Studies in Psychoanalytic Theories Series, review cutting-edge empirical research on psychoanalytic theories of child development, defense and coping, unconscious mental processing, normal personality functioning, and psychopathology. These elegant, integrative essays not only summarize a tremendous amount of research on this topic, but also set the stage for a reinvigorated psychoanalytic understanding of gender and gender roles during the first decades of the twenty-first century.