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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Green, André, Green, André-Criticism and interpretation, Psychoanalysis, Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939, Theoretical


André Green was a French psychoanalyst whose work represents a unique contribution to the fields of theoretical, clinical, and applied psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic social work. Little has been written about him in English, however. In this study, Green's overarching theoretical project is reviewed, in addition to some of his major concepts and their clinical implications. Green's relationship to French psychoanalysis is outlined, as well as his relationship to his major influences: Winnicott, Bion, Lacan, and most importantly, Freud. Green's conceptions of the drives, narcissism, and the work of the negative are discussed in detail, and his work is situated in the history of international post-Freudian psychoanalysis. Green's work represents an innovative approach to psychoanalytic theory and practice: one that is radical, constructive and integrative, yet loyal to Freud's texts and precepts. The implications of Green's work as a whole are outlined, as well as what uses can be made of his approach and concepts in future psychoanalytic and psychoanalytic social work theory and practice.




iii, 77 pages. Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, 2015. Includes bibliographical references (pages 74-77)