chapter  7
Uta: A "GYPSY" UNDER WHITE LINEN
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A TALL, 26-YEAR-OLD SINGLE WOMAN, Uta began analysis after the death of her boyfriend of 8 years, representing herself to her analyst, Dr. Ast, as a middleclass, career-oriented German woman. Early in her analysis, however, her primary large-group identity began to appear much less certain than Uta had reported. While discussing her father's sporadic heavy drinking, Uta portrayed drunkenness, fights, and unemployment as routine among her paternal relatives, whom she described as living in a kind of trailer park. In the course of talking about their behavior and her relation to it, Uta declared her father's family "bad," called him a "Gypsy," and referred to herself as a "Traveler."