In recent years psychoanalysis – especially Lacanian theory – has been gradually acknowledged as a vital resource in the ongoing re-orientation of contemporary political theory and analysis. Of particular note is that the work of Jacques Lacan is increasingly being used by major political philosophers associated with the Left. This indicates the dynamic emergence of a new theoretico-political horizon: that of the 'Lacanian Left'. However, this has yet to be properly conceived and structured as a field. The Lacanian Left is the first book to bring it into academic consciousness and to draw its
COPYRIGHT; Contents; Bibliographical Note; Acknowledgements; Introduction: Locating the Lacanian Left; Part I Theory: Dialectics of Disavowal; 1 Antinomies of Creativity: Lacan and Castoriadis on Social Construction and the Political; 2 Laclau with Lacan on Jouissance: Negotiating the Affective Limits of Discourse; 3 Zizekian 'Perversions': The Lure of Antigone and the Fetishism of the Act; Excursus on Badiou; Part II Analysis: Dialectics of Enjoyment; 4 What Sticks? From Symbolic Power to Jouissance; 5 Enjoying the Nation: A Success Story?; 6 Lack of Passion: European Identity Revisited 7 The Consumerist 'Politics of Jouissance' and the Fantasy of Advertising8 Democracy in Post-Democratic Times; Bibliography; Index;
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