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Psicologia: teoria e prática

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MELLO NETO, Gustavo Adolfo Ramos  and  SCHMITT, Lara Stresser. Perversion and contemporaneity: a mistaken discourse?. Psicol. teor. prat. [online]. 2011, vol.13, n.2, pp. 182-194. ISSN 1516-3687.

The aim of this study was to examine the psychoanalytic production on perversion in the last decades, focusing on the relations the authors establish between perversion and contemporaneity. To carry out this research, we consulted psychoanalytic papers indexed by the American Psychology Association (PsycInfo/APA), papers of psychoanalytic journals, and chapters of books whose topic is perversion, but at its intersection with contemporaneity. To analyse the material found, thematic categories were created: "perversion and current pathologies", "perverse social bonds", and "perversionization or obsessionization?". Through this research, we realized that perversion is a very frequent topic in the current psychoanalysis discourse; however, often this term and its derivative, "perverse", are used indiscriminately to denounce everything that is immoral and evil in the society. This way, there is a risk of trivializing perversion, escaping from its original psychoanalytic sense.

Keywords : psychoanalysis; culture; perversion; society; sexuality.

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