It examines the clinical and theoretical developments of the tradition of thought and practice pioneered by Sigmund Freud, and considers the wider relationship between psychoanalysis, culture and history in the modern age.

Explores how psychoanalytic thought has been used to illuminate pressing social and political concerns, and examines the controversies that have surrounded its application outside the clinical setting. It focuses on the interface between psychoanalysis as an evolving clinical practice, as a form of knowledge, and as a mode of study closely the numerous modern developments within psychoanalysis, from Freud through to contemporary psychoanalytic theory and practice; to examine its key concepts in detail; to place those concepts in context; and to explore the methodological, epistemological and ethical issues that have resulted from diverse elaboration and extension of psychoanalytic ideas, not only in a clinical setting but also in social and cultural inquiries and in the interpretation of the historical past.

Psychoanalysis as of object of study