Saturday 5 January 2002

Laing: ‘Series and Nexus in the Family’. Inner Circle Seminar 60 (26 May 2002)

R. D. Laing

R. D. Laing

‘Series and Nexus in the Family’

Anthony Stadlen

Inner Circle Seminar No. 60
Sunday 26 May 2002
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Forty years ago, the May–June 1962 issue of New Left Review contained a seminal paper by Laing, ‘Series and Nexus in the Family’. It set out the thinking, grounded in Sartre’s Critique of Dialectical Reason (1960), that underlies the great phenomenological descriptions of families of ‘schizophrenics’ in Laing and Esterson’s Sanity, Madness and the Family (1964) and Esterson’s The Leaves of Spring (1970). It also, through its incorporation into Laings The Politics of Experience (1967), influenced Szasz’s The Manufacture of Madness (1970). In this seminar, we examine the original paper in some detail. This will make it easier to read the descriptions of the families without false assumptions.

Venue: Room A, Acland Building, Regent’s College, London NW1 4NS
Cost: Students £59, others £76, by 19 May (some bursaries)
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, 64 Dartmouth Park Road, London NW5 1SN
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7485 3896 E-mail:

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