Psychotherapy: PDF OnlyMargison FrankCurrent Opinion in Psychiatry: June 1993 - p 366-371 Buy Abstract Culture is reviewed from three standpoints. First, the orthodox view that cultural issues can inform psychoanalysis and psychoanalysis in turn can form the basis of a critical stance to works of art and literature. Diverse approaches are reported. There are some difficulties with validity when works of literature are used uncritically to provide insight into the mental processes of the author; so-called 'psycho-biography'. Overall, however, the process of mutual enrichment between psychoanalysis and art continues. The second perspective deals with the attempts to disseminate psychoanalytic concepts in an intercultural context. In this field the literature is considerably less developed, although there are important contributions to the understanding of political and social structures and specific additions to the use of psychoanalysis itself in non-Western cultures. Finally, the sociocultural shift towards a pre-occupation with financial issues is considered. The cautious rapprochement between empirical research and the psychoanalytic tradition is being put at risk by the primacy of the language of the market. Several papers deal with this issue in a pragmatic and clinically sensitive way, whereas others use psychoanalysis to support a political critique. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.