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Post-Capitalist Subjectivity in Literature and Anti-Psychiatry
Reconceptualizing the Self Beyond Capitalism

ISBN 9780367627362
Published August 1, 2022 by Routledge
194 Pages

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Book Description

Through the examination of anti-psychiatric theory and literary texts, this timely and thought-provoking volume explores the possibilities of liberating our habitual patterns of perception and consciousness beyond the confines of a capitalist era.

In Post-Capitalist Subjectivity in Literature and Anti-Psychiatry, Skott-Myhre asks the question, how might we be different if we didn’t live in a capitalist society? By drawing on Marxist and post-Marxist theory, and conducting nuanced analysis of the professional writings of anti-psychiatrists including Basaglia and Laing, and the work of fiction writers Kafka and García Márquez, the text identifies alternative conceptualizations of the self. Focusing in particular on portrayals of institutions and the family, Skott-Myhre proposes that these social systems offer new modes of reading the world and ourselves which will transform social organization and free subjectivity from dominant capitalist structures. This transdisciplinary text responds to a revitalized interest in alternatives to traditional psychology, an interest in life beyond capitalism, and the crisis in the traditional family.

Post-Capitalist Subjectivity in Literature and Anti-Psychiatry will offer timely reading for graduate students, researchers, and scholars in the fields of cultural studies, psychology, philosophy, family studies, and interdisciplinary studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Section I: The Institution 2. Embedded in the Institution 3. Kafka and Nomad Law 4. Basaglia and the Revolt of Living Force 5. Kafka and the Subject Who Cannot Belong Section II: The Family 6. Laing and the Carceral Mystique of the Family 7. Marquez and The Rupture of the Marvelous 8. Beyond Solitude 9. Conclusion

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Hans A. Skott-Myhre is Professor of Social Work and Human Services, Kennesaw State University, US.