RACISM: PROCESSES OF DETACHMENT, DEHUMANIZATION, AND HATRED
Article first published online: 20 DEC 2012
2006 The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Inc.
The Psychoanalytic Quarterly
Volume LXXV, Issue 1, pages 131–161, January 2006
How to Cite
DALAL, F. (2006), RACISM: PROCESSES OF DETACHMENT, DEHUMANIZATION, AND HATRED. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, LXXV: 131–161. doi: 10.1002/j.2167-4086.2006.tb00035.x
- Issue published online: 20 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 20 DEC 2012
The author looks at definitions of racism from the viewpoints of various theoretical frameworks, addressing the role of projection and other phenomena. Racism is then examined according to principles of psychoanalytic relational theory, attachment theory, and radical group analytic theory. Power relationships, the psychosocial process, a sense of us versus them, and the universal importance of a feeling of belonging are also taken into consideration. In examining the meaning of race, the author addresses the notions of black and white and their evolution over time, as well as the phenomenon of othering.