“Yale or Jail: Class Struggles in Neoliberal Times”

Presenters: Lynne Layton, Ph.D.
Discussant: Allan Scholom, Ph.D

The paper discusses psychological effects of pressures to rise in class or maintain class positions in the context of contemporary social and economic conditions. A video clip will be shown.

Lynne Layton, Ph.D. is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School. She has taught courses on women and popular culture and on culture and psychoanalysis for Harvard’s Committee on Degrees in Women’s Studies and Committee on Degrees in Social Studies. Currently, she teaches and supervises at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis and supervises at the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy. She is the author of Who’s That Girl? Who’s That Boy? Clinical Practice Meets Postmodern Gender Theory (Analytic Press, 2004), co-editor, with Susan Fairfield and Carolyn Stack, of Bringing the Plague. Toward a Postmodern Psychoanalysis (Other Press, 2002), and co-editor, with Nancy Caro Hollander and Susan Gutwill of Psychoanalysis, Class and Politics: Encounters in the Clinical Setting (Routledge, 2006). She is editor of the journal Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society and associate editor of Studies in Gender and Sexuality. Her private practice is in Brookline, MA.
Allan Scholom, Ph.D. is Secretary of the Board and Chair of the Professional and Political Affairs Committee of the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis, and on the Faculty of the Institute for Clinical Social Work. He was the Founder and Chair of the Illinois Coalition of Mental Health Professionals and Consumers, and Vice Chair of the Chicago Community Mental Health Board. He has written and presented extensively on the interface of psychoanalysis and politics, especially relating to health and mental health care. He is in private practice of psychotherapy psychoanalysis in Chicago.

Educational Objectives: At the conclusion of the program, participants will: 1) Learn about neoliberalism and be able to identify some of the psychological effects on people of different classes that emerge from living in a neoliberal social and economic system; 2) Be able to recognize the intrapsychic and interpersonal struggles that can emerge from pressures to rise in class; and 3) Recognize when problematic social norms and social inequalities get unconsciously reproduced in therapy encounters.

Target Audience:
Psychoanalysts, other interested mental health professionals, and members of the community.