Book Reviews

With Culture in Mind: Psychoanalytic Stories

Four writers—Vera Camden, Marcelle Clements, Philip Cushman, and Donald Moss—discuss a new book edited by Muriel Dimen on the cultural context of psychoanalytic treatment

With Culture in Mind: Psychoanalytic Stories edited by Muriel Dimen
Relational Perspective Book Series, vol. 50, Routledge: New York and London
196 pp., $34.95, 2011

With Culture in Mind: Psychoanalytic Stories takes up the “constructed” nature of human identity through a series of “psychoanalytic stories,” culled from the practices of several analysts. Each essay is briefly introduced by editor Muriel Dimen and then discussed through general commentaries by Jessica Benjamin, Susie Orbach, and Andrew Samuels. Taken together, these essays and the reflections they generate draw much-needed attention to the place and power of culture within the psychoanalytic situation.

Muriel Dimen has edited a collection of case discussions entitled With Culture in Mind: Psychoanalytic Stories. DIVISION/Review invited four contributors to comment on the book, independently of one another.

The result follows: Four Views on With Culture in Mind: