On being open to difference: Cosmopolitanism and the psychoanalysis of groups

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Jackie Stacey's essay on the idea of being ‘open to difference’ is a discussion of her experiences of two very different groups: an academic centre for the study of cosmopolitan cultures and an introductory course on group psychotherapy. Exploring ideas about being open to the differences other people represent, she shows how the complex interactions played out in the groupwork course offer important insights for rethinking cosmopolitan aspirations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWriting otherwise
Subtitle of host publicationExperiments in cultural criticism
EditorsJackie Stacey, Janet Wolff
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780719089428, 9781526106988
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2016


  • Cosmopolitanism
  • difference
  • Psychoanalysis of groups
  • Psychotherapy
  • affect and intimacy
  • relationality
  • subjectivity


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