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The concept of group of belongings and the problem of the migration of concepts
Journal Title: INTERAZIONI 
Author/s: René Kaës 
Year:  2018 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  12 Pg. 24-35 FullText PDF:  173 KB
DOI:  10.3280/INT2018-002003
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The concept of "group of belongings" plays a central role in the in the psychoanalytic theory of groups developed by Jean-Claude Rouchy (1990; 1998; 2001; 2005). In the article I illustrate the main dimensions of the concept, and I also explore its affinity and its specificity toward two further constructs, the "area of belonging" (Neri, 1979) and the "feeling of belonging" (Correale, 1991; 2006). The analysis of this concept constitutes a good example of conceptual creation and of the epistemological problems involved in it when it entails the migration of concepts from one discipline ‒ such as sociology and social psychology ‒ to another ‒ psychoanalysis in our case. As I highlight, in sociological and psycho-sociological theories the concept of "group of belongings" goes hand in hand with that of "group of refe-rence". The latter, however, has not undergone the same process of "naturalization" (Mos-covici, 1961) of the former. Different characteristics of both concepts may be of interest for the psychoanalysis of groups.
Keywords: Group of belonging, group of reference, area of belonging, feeling of belonging, migration of concepts.

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René Kaës, The concept of group of belongings and the problem of the migration of concepts in "INTERAZIONI" 2/2018, pp. 24-35, DOI:10.3280/INT2018-002003


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