Touching the Untouched:
Taboo of History and History of Taboo in Psychoanalysis
Ranjini Krishnan P


While trying to work through the psychoanalytic reading of a 'primitive ritual' (co - produced by colonial ethnography and the colonized) this paper is confronted with the shadow of colonialism; and the relationship between psychoanalysis and colonialism, as it is evident now, is a fraught one.   There have been many attempts   to question this relationship   as part of efforts at  decolonizing theory ; I have in mind the work of Frantz Fanon (2008 [ 1967] ] );   and this questioning has been resurfacing in both psychoanalysis and postcolonial studies and now critically informs the way we do both. One of the most important questions in this dialogue: who can lay claim to psychoanalytic knowledge ?

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Touching the Untouched : Taboo of History and History of Taboo in Psychoanalysis By Ranjini Krishnan P