»This article presents some recent developments in the theory of transmission. The author recalls the earliest contributions to this theory ; traumas endured by ancestors may be the source of the trouble, especially if they were experienced as shameful by the descendants and kept secret. But transmission has a structuring character for everyone; it is the basis for the establishment of the law, for the set-up of the family and for the attachment to ideals. Founding an essential axis for ethics, the notion of responsibility is also inscribed in a process of transmission. The author suggests that the parents’ gift to and the attitude toward their child plays a role in this, by giving impetus to acknowledgement in the child, in both senses of the word: that of gratitude and that of identifying the other as different.»
That the sociological coordinates of a certain state of uncertainty forces us to undertake a hermeneutic effort focused on a subjectivity that is meant to become public, and that, giving in to the movement of interiorizing responsibility, we are freed from the guilt that hampers both our acts and our action, the observation made by A. Ehrenberg about contemporary work on adolescence. Though promising, it seems to pass over the more painful aspects, such as guilt anxiety, whose counterpart is the work of fantasy.
Adolescence, 2011, T. 29 n° 3, pp. 595-601.