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Psychoanalytic Geographies

1st Edition

By Paul Kingsbury, Steve Pile


374 pages

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Psychoanalytic Geographies is a unique, path-breaking volume and a core text for anyone seeking to grasp how psychoanalysis helps us understand fundamental geographical questions, and how geographical understandings can offer new ways of thinking psychoanalytically. Elaborating on a variety of psychoanalytic approaches that embrace geographical imaginations and a commitment toward spatial thinking, this book demonstrates the breadth, depth, and vitality of cutting edge work in psychoanalytic geographies and presents readers with as wide a set of options as possible for taking psychoanalysis forward in their own work. It covers a wide range of themes and perspectives in terms of theoretical approaches such as Freudian, Lacanian, Kristevan, and Irigarayian; conceptual issues such as space, power, identity, culture, political economy, colonialism, ethics, and aesthetics; disciplinary insights including Geography, English, Sexuality Studies, and History of Science; as well as empirical contexts such as the reception of psychoanalysis in early twentieth century England, psychoanalytic geographies of violence and creativity in a small Mexican city, visual cultures of second-generation Iranian artists living in Los Angeles, and the hysterical underpinnings of climate change scepticism.


’This volume derails the common assumption that geography is a simple study of earth's basic inertness. Far more than the topography of volumes and voids, geography concerns itself with a dynamic topology of knots, twists, buckles, and folds, which constitute the relations between earth and earth-bound subjects. Through a variety of psychoanalytic approaches, the essays compellingly demonstrate that the unconscious of these subjects operate as the underside of geographical exteriority.’ Joan Copjec, Brown University, USA ’For anyone looking for a comprehensive guide to the complex relations between psychoanalysis and geography, this is the book! Kingsbury and Pile’s collection is a must read.’ Anthony Elliott, Hawke Research Institute, Australia '… this book has hit the mark in achieving its stated aim to present to readers as wide a set of options for taking psychoanalysis forward in their own work as possible; and, second, to demonstrate the breadth,depth, and promise of cutting-edge work in psychoanalytic geographies�' Antipode '… this book is a success. The enthusiasm, promise, and diversity - all pledged by the editors - is evident. … this is a rich, challenging, and exciting book which assembles a set of provocative, thoughtful, and wide-ranging chapters.' Social & Cultural Geography

About the Authors

Paul Kingsbury is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University. His research uses the social theories of Jacques Lacan and Friedrich Nietzsche to explore cultural geographies of power and aesthetics. He is the author of numerous journal articles and the co-editor (with Gavin Andrews and Robin Kearns) of Soundscapes of Wellbeing in Popular Music (2014). Steve Pile teaches Geography in the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University, UK. He has published on issues concerning place and the politics of identity. He is author of Real Cities (2005) and The Body and The City (1996). He is currently working on early Freudian psychoanalysis and geographies of the body.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography