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Emotions as practice: Anna Freud's child psychoanalysis and thinking-doing children's emotional geographies

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Matej BlazekORCiD



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The paper introduces Anna Freud's early writing from the perspective of the theory and practice of children's emotional geographies. Discussing especially Freud's view on the theory of defence mechanisms and her early arguments with Melanie Klein about the nature of the child's mind, it explores how children's emotions can be approached beyond children's own representational accounts of their emotional experiences. The paper advocates an engagement with Anna Freud's work and psychoanalysis that would account for different forms of knowledge produced in the intersubjective processes of research and for the significance of the relationships with child participants.

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Author(s): Blazek M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Emotion, Space and Society

Year: 2013

Volume: 9

Pages: 24-32

Print publication date: 01/11/2013

Online publication date: 07/03/2013

Date deposited: 05/01/2017

ISSN (print): 1755-4586

ISSN (electronic): 1878-0040

Publisher: Elsevier BV


DOI: 10.1016/j.emospa.2013.02.003


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