Physis: Revista de Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 0103-7331
BIRMAN, Joel. Sibling relations: destinations and impasses in the contemporary father figure. Physis [online]. 2003, vol.13, n.1, pp. 93-114. ISSN 0103-7331. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-73312003000100005.
This article discusses sibling relations - recently a theoretical issue with a strong presence in both the Brazilian and French intellectual traditions - in light of new conditions of discontent in contemporary society, considering the imperative of reviewing the prevailing mismatch between psychoanalytic listening tools and new contemporary modalities of suffering. The article thus conducts a re-reading of the sibling rivalry portrayed in fraternal relations according to the traditional understanding of the Oedipal structure, thereby performing a critical review of Freudian discourse to reach a conceptualization of different modalities of sibling relations.
Keywords : Sibling relations; psychoanalysis; helplessness.