Between love and aggression: the politics of John Bowlby

  title={Between love and aggression: the politics of John Bowlby},
  author={Ben Mayhew},
  journal={History of the Human Sciences},
  pages={19 - 35}
  • B. Mayhew
  • Published 1 November 2006
  • Psychology
  • History of the Human Sciences
While much has been written on the work of the psychoanalyst John Bowlby, little comment has been made on his political activities and how they related to his theorizing. In his work it can be seen how psychoanalytic ideas of love underlay not only his theory of attachment, but also the creation of new political ideas. Bowlby’s collaboration with Evan Durbin, a little-known but important economist and political philosopher, was underpinned by a belief that social responsibility was an evolved… 

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