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This essay outlines key moments in the long history of psychoanalysis’ deeply problematic engagement with the phenomenon of cognitive disability – as it highlights as well the work of exceptional counter-examples, including Fernand Deligny, Maud Mannoni, and Angelo Villa.
During the 1950s and 1960s, the disabled child stood at the intersection of two distinct but connected developments: the emergence of more psychosocial approaches to disability, and the rise of child analysis as a distinct field. Disabled children and their families came into the focus of...
The psychoanalysis of children began to flourish in the 1920s. In exactly the same period, the technique of intelligence testing also began to expand. Yet the relation between these two theoretical advances is often overlooked and misunderstood. This article focuses on the British context and...
This article reads Maud Mannoni's The Retarded Child and the Mother (1973) and L'éducation impossible (1973) in the context of French ‘institutional analysis’ in order to nuance criticism of Mannoni's work, particularly the criticism that Mannoni blamed mothers for the conditions of their...
After working as a special education teacher for children labeled ‘severely retarded and ineducable’ at the Armentières asylum (1939–43), and after his participation in La Grande Cordée (The Great Cord) – a chain of alternative ‘open hosting centers’ for juvenile delinquents (1948–62) – Deligny...
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