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Psychoanalytic Reflections on Politics - Fatherlands in Mothers' Hands (Paperback, New) Loot Price: R674 Discovery Miles 6 740

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Psychoanalytic Reflections on Politics - Fatherlands in Mothers' Hands (Paperback, New): Eszter Salgo
Psychoanalytic Reflections on Politics - Fatherlands in Mothers' Hands (Paperback, New): Eszter Salgo

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Psychoanalytic Reflections on Politics - Fatherlands in Mothers' Hands (Paperback, New)

Eszter Salgo

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Psychoanalytic Reflections on Politics: Fatherlands in mothers' hands is a playful exploration of how people's desires, fantasies, and emotions shape political events and social phenomena. It highlights the mythical sources of today's political projects, the power of political imagination, and the function of symbolism in political thought. Eszter Salgo argues that the driving force for the formation of political communities is fantasy - 'illusions' in a Winnicottian sense, 'phantasies' in a Lacanian sense, 'phantoms' as described by Nicolas Abraham and Maria Torok, and 'dreams' as interpreted by Sandor Ferenczi. She introduces the metaphor of the 'fantastic family' as a symbolic representation of political communities, both to reflect on people's deeply felt desire to find in public life the resolution, love, and wholeness of early childhood, and to unveil the political elite's readiness to don the mask of the 'ideal parent'. The book is divided into two parts. The first part of the book explores the theories of Donald Winnicott and Jacques Lacan: the matrimony on the stage of politics between the 'good-enough mother' and the Symbolic Father which inaugurates the story of democracy's 'fantastic family'. The second part presents the 'fantastic families' of selected countries such as Hungary, Italy, and the world community to explain the proliferation of cosmogony projects, and to document the failure of the political elites to offer a satisfactory performance of their maternal and paternal functions. Psychoanalytic Reflections on Politics: Fatherlands in mothers' hands presents a new way of considering the art of politics, based on the understanding that people perceive reality through imagination and unconscious fantasy. It will be of interest to psychoanalysts, and academics from across the disciplines of politics, psychology, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, literature, and art.

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Imprint: Routledge
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: November 2013
First published: 2014
Authors: Eszter Salgo
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 15mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
Edition: New
ISBN-13: 978-0-415-62737-5
Barcode: 9780415627375
Categories: Promotions
Books > Social sciences > Psychology > Philosophy & theory of psychology > Psychoanalysis & psychoanalytical theory
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social theory
LSN: 0-415-62737-0

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