The Psychoanalytic Political Theory series is dedicated to providing a publishing space for the highest quality scholarship at the intersection of psychoanalysis and normative political theory. In sum, the series offers a forum for texts that deepen our understanding of the complex relationships between the world of politics and the inner world of the psyche.
As we hope to broaden, rather than to narrow, the range and reach of this field, the series welcomes contributions from all foci within political theory (classical, contemporary, democratic, etc.). Similarly, the series is not beholden to a particular psychoanalytic orientation, such that projects rooted in a variety of approaches (Lacanian, object relations, self psychology, etc.) are welcome.
We are particularly interested in proposals that demonstrate potential to advance both political and psychoanalytic theory while remaining accessible to scholarly audiences of diverse backgrounds. Although the series is devoted to works of theory, works informed by qualitative analyses, case studies, or related methodologies may also be appropriate.
The series will publish individual and co-authored scholarly monographs, collaborative edited volumes, and texts appropriate for advanced university courses.
We look forward to hearing from you!
The Psychopathology of Political Ideologies
By Bianca Naude
December 17, 2021
Breathing fresh air into debates surrounding foreign policy and interstate relations, Bianca Naude presents a holistic theory of states as collectives of people that cannot be reduced to their individual constituents. Moving among current research on the ontological status of the state alongside ...
By Lara Sheehi, Stephen Sheehi
November 12, 2021
Heavily influenced by Frantz Fanon and critically engaging the theories of decoloniality and liberatory psychoanalysis, Lara Sheehi and Stephen Sheehi platform the lives, perspectives, and insights of psychoanalytically inflected Palestinian psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health ...
By Robert Samuels
September 29, 2021
Inspired by Freud’s The Psychopathology of Everyday Life, this book examines the unconscious processes shaping contemporary political ideologies. Addressing ten fundamental questions, Robert Samuels identifies four basic political ideologies: liberal, conservative, Left, and Right, which are often ...
By Gal Gerson
May 10, 2021
Following the work of prominent object relations theorists, such as Fairbairn, Suttie and Winnicott, Gal Gerson explores the correlation between analytical theory and intellectual environment in two ways. He notes the impact that the British object relations school had on both psychology and wider ...
By Stella Gaon
February 11, 2019
Winner of the 2020 Symposium Book Award by the Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy Stella Gaon provides the first fully philosophical account of the critical nature of deconstruction, and she does so by turning in an original way to psychoanalysis. Drawing on close readings of Freud and ...