Melanie Klein: Early Analysis, Play and the Question of Freedom

Britzman, D. 2015. Springer.

This volume looks at Klein’s work in relation to the field of education, tracing her theories of mental life through to problems of self/other relations. Deborah Britzman makes the case for Klein’s continued relevance to education and pedagogical practice. She analyses Klein’s theory of symbolization, and the shift from concrete thinking to greater freedom of mind. She considers several important questions, including why learning is an emotional situation, and what Klein’s model of the self can offer to theory and practice in contemporary education.