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Psychoanalytic Political Theory

About the Series

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.

To submit book proposals, please contact the Editor, Natalja Mortensen ([email protected]) or the Series Editors, Matthew H. Bowker ([email protected]) and David W. McIvor ([email protected]). 

We look forward to hearing from you!

7 Series Titles

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Rethinking Property Drive Theory, Fanon, and Environmental Philosophy

Rethinking Property: Drive Theory, Fanon, and Environmental Philosophy

1st Edition


By Elliott Schwebach
October 07, 2024

In this eye-opening study at the intersection of psychoanalytic theory and political organization and thought, Elliott Schwebach explores why property can be understood to be oppressive and how political theory overlooks its unique significance as a pillar of social violence. Synthesizing insights ...

Winnicott and Labor’s Eclipse of Life Work is Where We Start From

Winnicott and Labor’s Eclipse of Life: Work is Where We Start From

1st Edition

By Nathan Gerard
September 28, 2023

Nathan Gerard draws upon the pathbreaking insights of pediatrician and psychoanalyst D. W. Winnicott to offer a new set of ideas in the novel domain of contemporary work life and its discontents. Locating Winnicott within a broad landscape of critical scholarship that dissects work’s perils, the ...

Revisiting State Personhood and World Politics Identity, Personality and the IR Subject

Revisiting State Personhood and World Politics: Identity, Personality and the IR Subject

1st Edition

By Bianca Naude
September 25, 2023

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 ...

Individuality and Ideology in British Object Relations Theory

Individuality and Ideology in British Object Relations Theory

1st Edition

By Gal Gerson
May 31, 2023

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 ...

The Psychopathology of Political Ideologies

The Psychopathology of Political Ideologies

1st Edition

By Robert Samuels
May 31, 2023

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 ...

Psychoanalysis Under Occupation Practicing Resistance in Palestine

Psychoanalysis Under Occupation: Practicing Resistance in Palestine

1st Edition

By Lara Sheehi, Stephen Sheehi
January 09, 2023

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 ...

The Lucid Vigil Deconstruction, Desire and the Politics of Critique

The Lucid Vigil: Deconstruction, Desire and the Politics of Critique

1st Edition

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 ...

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