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Jacques Lacan

Between Psychoanalysis and Politics, 1st Edition

Edited by Samo Tomšič, Andreja Zevnik


312 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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A charismatic and controversial figure, Lacan is one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century and his work has revolutionized a range of fields. The volume aims to introduce Lacan’s vast opus to the field of international politics in a coherent and approachable manner.

The volume is split into three distinct sections:

  • Psychoanalysis and Politics: this section will frame the discussion by providing general background of Lacan’s engagement with politics and the political
  • Lacan and the Political: each chapter will focus on different key ideas and concepts in Lacan’s thought including ethics, justice, discourse, object a, symptom, jouissance
  • Political Encounters: seeks to represent different ways of engaging with Lacanian thought and ways of adopting it to explain and comment on global political phenomena

Bringing together internationally recognised scholars in the field, this volume will be an invaluable resource to students and scholars in areas including critical theory, international relations, political theory and political philosophy.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Jacques Lacan: between politics and psychoanalysis I: Political significance of psychoanalysis 1. Jean-Michel Rabaté, Lacan’s "années érotiques" (1968/69) 2. Jelica Šumič, Politics and Psychoanalysis in Times of the Inexistent Other II: Lacanian psychoanalysis and the political Oedipus and the intricacy of language and sexuality 3. Philippe Van Haute and Tomas Geyskens, Freud’s Dream? Lacan and Oedipus 4. Mladen Dolar, Not Even: Politics of Oedipus 5. Juliet Flower-MacCannel, Lacan’s Imaginary 6. Alenka Zupančič, Sexual is Political 7. Dominiek Hoens, Object a and Politics Politics and Lacan’s theory of discourses 8. Peter Klepec, On the Mastery in the Four Discourses 9. Colin Wright, Discourse and the Master’s lining: a Lacanian critique of globalizing biopolitics 10. Samo Tomšič, Psychoanalysis, Capitalism and Critique of Political Economy 11. Mai Wegener, Why should dreaming be a form of work? III: Psychoanalysis and Political Encounters 12. Juliet Rogers, A Stranger Politics: towards a theory of resistance in psychoanalytical thought and practice 13. Ari Hirvonen, The Truth of Desire: Lack, Law and Phallus 14. Andreja Zevnik, Kant avec Sade: Ethics in a Trap of Politics and the Perversion of Law 15. Kirsten Campbell, Feminism and Lacanian Psychoanalysis 16. Slavoj Žižek, Divine Ex-Sistence 17. David Pavón-Cuéllar, Metapsychology on the battlefield: political praxis as critique of the psychological essence of ideology18. Panu Minkkinen, Lacan avec Bataille avec Nietzsche: a politics of the impossible?

About the Editors

Samo Tomšic works as researcher in the interdisciplinary laboratory "Image Knowledge Gestaltung" at the Humboldt University in Berlin (Germany). His research areas comprise psychoanalysis, structuralism, epistemology and contemporary French philosophy.

Andreja Zevnik is a Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Manchester. Her research interests include theories of subjectivity, political violence and resistance, aesthetic politics, law and psychoanalysis. She is a convener of Critical Global Politics research cluster and a member of editorial board for the Journal of Narrative Politics.

About the Series


The Series provides a forum for innovative and interdisciplinary work that engages with alternative critical, post-structural, feminist, postcolonial, psychoanalytic and cultural approaches to international relations and global politics. In our first 5 years we have published 60 volumes.

We aim to advance understanding of the key areas in which scholars working within broad critical post-structural traditions have chosen to make their interventions, and to present innovative analyses of important topics. Titles in the series engage with critical thinkers in philosophy, sociology, politics and other disciplines and provide situated historical, empirical and textual studies in international politics.


We are very happy to discuss your ideas at any stage of the project: just contact us for advice or proposal guidelines. Proposals should be submitted directly to the Series Editors:

  • Jenny Edkins (jennyedkins@hotmail.com) and
  • Nick Vaughan-Williams (N.Vaughan-Williams@Warwick.ac.uk).

‘As Michel Foucault has famously stated, "knowledge is not made for understanding; it is made for cutting" In this spirit The Edkins - Vaughan-Williams Interventions series solicits cutting edge, critical works that challenge mainstream understandings in international relations. It is the best place to contribute post disciplinary works that think rather than merely recognize and affirm the world recycled in IR's traditional geopolitical imaginary.’

Michael J. Shapiro, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General