Psychodynamic intersectionality and the positionality of the group analyst: the tension between analytical neutrality and inter-subjectivity

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Stevenson, S. 2020. Psychodynamic intersectionality and the positionality of the group analyst: the tension between analytical neutrality and inter-subjectivity. Group Analysis. 53 (4). https://doi.org/10.1177/0533316420953660
AuthorsStevenson, S.
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This article proposes the concepts of psychodynamic intersectionality and intersectional group analysis by addressing the complex issues of the positionality, or self-location, of the group analyst when working with diverse and intersectional patient groups who have been traumatized by structural oppression, institutional and inter-generational othering. I critique the positionality of the group analyst and the essential intersectional and inter-subjective nature of the role and interventions they may or may not make in the group. The article engages with the need not to deny how an understanding of the positionality of the group analyst is central to the clinical frame. Such understanding can assist the clinician to engage with group members who have experienced structural oppression when othering dynamics are inevitably generated in the group matrix. Such dynamics are often being paralleled in the social unconscious and occurrences in society at any given time. I argue that a failure on behalf of the group analyst to reflexively position themselves in relation to powerful phenomena, such as, racism, sexism and homophobia and occurrences in the social unconscious risks a re-traumatizing dynamic being paralleled in the group matrix to the determent of group members from marginalized communities.

JournalGroup Analysis
Journal citation53 (4)
ISSN0533-3164
Year2020
PublisherSAGE Publications
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0533316420953660
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Accepted04 Aug 2020
Deposited18 Nov 2020
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As accepted for publication in Group Analysis: Stevenson, S. (2020). Psychodynamic intersectionality and the positionality of the group analyst: the tension between analytical neutrality and inter-subjectivity. https://doi.org/10.1177/0533316420953660.

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