162 pages | 20 B/W Illus.
In this provocative and necessary book, Robert K. Beshara uses psychoanalytic discursive analysis to explore the possibility of a genuinely anti-colonial critical psychology. Drawing on postcolonial and decolonial approaches to Islamophobia, this book enhances understandings of Critical Border Thinking and Lacanian Discourse Analysis, alongside other theoretico-methodological approaches.
Using a critical decolonial psychology approach to conceptualize everyday Islamophobia, the author examines theoretical resources situated within the discursive turn, such as decoloniality/transmodernity, and carries out an archeology of (counter)terrorism, a genealogy of the conceptual Muslim, and a Žižekian ideology critique. Conceiving of Decolonial Psychoanalysis as one theoretical resource for Critical Islamophobia Studies (CIS), the author also applies Lacanian Discourse Analysis to extracts from interviews conducted with US Muslims to theorize their ethico-political subjectivity and considers a politics of resistance, adversarial aesthetics, and ethics of liberation.
Essential to any attempt to come to terms with the legacy of racism in psychology, and the only critical psychological study on Islamophobia in the United States, this is a fascinating read for anyone interested in a critical approach to Islamophobia.
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SERIES EDITOR FOREWORD
1. THEORIZING AND RESEARCHING ISLAMOPHOBIA/ISLAMOPHILIA IN THE AGE OF TRUMP
2. THE MASTER’S DISCOURSE: AN ARCHEOLOGY OF (COUNTER)TERRORISM AND A GENEALOGY OF THE CONCEPTUAL MUSLIM
3. THE UNIVERSITY DISCOURSE: THE PSYCHOLOGIZATION OF ISLAMOPHOBIA
4. THE HYSTERIC’S DISCOURSE: EPISTEMIC RESISTANCE, OR US MUSLIMS AS ETHICAL SUBJECTS
5. THE ANALYST’S DISCOURSE: ONTIC RESISTANCE, OR US MUSLIMS AS POLITICAL SUBJECTS
6. TOWARDS A RADICAL MASTER: FROM DECOLONIAL PSYCHOANALYSIS TO LIBERATION PRAXIS
Developments inside psychology that question the history of the discipline and the way it functions in society have led many psychologists to look outside the discipline for new ideas. This series draws on cutting edge critiques from just outside psychology in order to complement and question critical arguments emerging inside. The authors provide new perspectives on subjectivity from disciplinary debates and cultural phenomena adjacent to traditional studies of the individual.
The books in the series are useful for advanced level undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers and lecturers in psychology and other related disciplines such as cultural studies, geography, literary theory, philosophy, psychotherapy, social work and sociology.