Conversation Analytic Studies of Psychoanalytic Dialogue: An Introduction to this Special Volume

  • Michael B. Buchholz International Psychoanalytic University (IPU)


Two parallel strands developed since the start of the century in psychoanalysis. One was the relational turn initiated by Steven Mitchell (Mitchell, 1988, 1998) and his many inspiring and inspired co-workers (Aron, 2006; Hoffman, 1999, 2006; Knoblauch, 2007), just to mention a few of those authors whose enormous influence in demystifying some psychoanalytic myths held for irrefutable for so many years can be felt from their writings.


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How to Cite
Buchholz, M. (2017). Conversation Analytic Studies of Psychoanalytic Dialogue: An Introduction to this Special Volume. Language and Psychoanalysis, 5(2), 4-10.
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