"'Acting Out the Oedipal Wish': Father-Daughter Incest and the Sexuality of Adolescent Girls in the United State, 1941-1965".
Rachel Devlin, "'Acting Out the Oedipal oed·i·pal or Oed·i·pal
Of or characteristic of the Oedipus complex. Wish': Father-Daughter Incest and the Sexuality of Adolescent Girls in the United State, 1941-1965"
The impact of Freudian psychoanalysis on the interpretation of father-daughter incest in courts of law, the social sciences and child-serving agencies during the postwar period was not, as has commonly been assumed, to uniformly silence discussion and prosecution. In fact, psychoanalysts themselves began to pursue case histories of incest between fathers and adolescent daughters in the 1940s. These case histories--couched as examinations of female adolescent Oedipal behavior--reinforced ideas about paternal power PATERNAL POWER. Patria potestas, The, authority lawfully exercised by parents, over their children. It will be proper to consider, 1. Who are entitled to exercise this power. 2. Who are subject to it. 3. The extent of this power.
2.-1. by focusing on girls' psychological need for paternal sexual attention. Court cases from Cook County, Illinois Cook County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population was 5,376,741, making it the second largest county by population in the United States (after Los Angeles County, California), and accounting for 43. , dating from the same period reveal that judges often believed girls' claims of incest, even when contradicted by testimony from adult members of the family. While psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic social workers diminished and even dismissed the idea that father-daughter incest was damaging to adolescent girls, and concentrated instead on the importance of Oedipal desire, lawyers and judges Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835
Alexis de Tocqueville, a French political scientist, historian, and politician, is best known for Democracy in America (1835). A believer in democracy, he was concerned about the concentration of power in the hands of a centralized government. viewed father-daughter incest as a particularly heinous hei·nous
Grossly wicked or reprehensible; abominable: a heinous crime.
[Middle English, from Old French haineus, from haine, hatred, from crime. That psychoanalytic social workers and the legal community were so at odds with one another suggests that postwar society was conflicted about father-daughter incest, rather than uniformly invested in denial in denial Psychiatry To be in a state of denying the existence or effects of an ego defense mechanism. See Denial. as a way to shore up paternal power and the ideological parameters of familialism.