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Titolo:
Optimal marginality: Innovation and orthodoxy in Fromm's revision of psychoanalysis
Autore:
McLaughlin, N;
Indirizzi:
McMaster Univ, Hamilton, ON L8S 4M4, Canada McMaster Univ Hamilton ON Canada L8S 4M4 iv, Hamilton, ON L8S 4M4, Canada
Titolo Testata:
SOCIOLOGICAL QUARTERLY
fascicolo: 2, volume: 42, anno: 2001,
pagine: 271 - 288
SICI:
0038-0253(200121)42:2<271:OMIAOI>2.0.ZU;2-B
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
ORGANIZATIONAL-CHANGE; FROMM,ERICH;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Citazioni:
98
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: McLaughlin, N McMaster Univ, 1280 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 4M4, Canada McMaster Univ 1280 Main St W Hamilton ON Canada L8S 4M4 nada
Citazione:
N. McLaughlin, "Optimal marginality: Innovation and orthodoxy in Fromm's revision of psychoanalysis", SOCIOL Q, 42(2), 2001, pp. 271-288

Abstract

The sociological study of intellectual innovation has long been polarized between romantic notions of the creative marginal intellectual and competing accounts stressing the benefits of national, organizational and network centrality in the production of knowledge. I offer the concept of "optimal marginality" as an attempt to move beyond this longstanding but increasinglystale debate. The relationship between a certain type of marginality and intellectual creativity is discussed in the context of a case study on innovation within psychoanalysis. German psychoanalyst Erich Fromm's contributions to the modern revision of Freudian theory is highlighted to illustrate the conditions under which marginality is likely to lead to innovations within theoretical systems and intellectual organizations. What types of marginality lead to innovation? Under what conditions does marginality lead to insight, and when does it lead to marginal ideas? Four ideal types are outlined and a research agenda is called for that operationalizes and tests thesetheoretical ideas in the context of comparative sociological analysis of intellectual creativity.

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