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The democratic origins of the term "group analysis": Karl Mannheim's "third way" for psychoanalysis and social science.

Winship, G. (2003) The democratic origins of the term "group analysis": Karl Mannheim's "third way" for psychoanalysis and social science. Group Analysis, 36 (1). pp. 37-51. ISSN 0533-3164


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It is well known that Foulkes acknowledged Karl Mannheim as the first to use the term ‘group analysis’. However, Mannheim’s work is otherwise not well known. This article examines the foundations of Mannheim’s sociological interest in groups using the Frankfurt School (1929–1933) as a start point through to the brief correspondence of 1945 between Mannheim and Foulkes (previously unpublished). It is argued that there is close conjunction between Mannheim’s and Foulkes’s revision of clinical psychoanalysis along sociological lines. Current renderings of the Frankfurt School tradition pay almost exclusive attention to the American connection (Herbert Marcuse, Eric Fromm, Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer) overlooking the contribution of the English connection through the work of Mannheim and Foulkes.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright © 2003 The Group-Analytic Society (London). This is an author produced electronic version of an article accepted for publication in Group Analysis. The definitive publisher authenticated version is available online at: http://gaq.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/36/1/37
Keywords: Foulkes, Frankfurt School, Karl Mannheim, psychoanalysis, sociology
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Nursing and Midwifery (Sheffield) > Department of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities (Sheffield)
Depositing User: G Winship
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2004
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 18:54
Published Version: http://gaq.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/36/1/37
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1177/0533316403036001200
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/216

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