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Social Theory and Psychoanalysis in Transition

Self and Society from Freud to Kristeva, 1st Edition

By Anthony Elliott


300 pages

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Originally published in 1999 Social Theory and Psychoanalysis in Transition is a benchmark critique of Freudian theory in which a dialogue between the Frankfurt School, the Lacanian tradition and post-Lacanian developments in critical and feminist theory is developed. Considering afresh the relations between self and society, Elliot argues for the importance of imagination and the unconscious in understanding issues about the self and self-identity, ideology and power, sexual difference and gender.

Table of Contents




1. Subjectivity and the Discourse of Psychoanalysis: Freud and Social Theory

2. The Manipulation of Desire: Critical Theory and the Problem of Fragmentation

3. Repression and Social Transformation: Critical Theory Beyond the Politics of Domination

4. The Language of Desire: Lacan and the Specular Structure of the Self

5. Psychoanalysis, Ideology and Modern Societies: Post-Lacanian Social Theory

6. Sexual Division, Gender-Identity and Symbolic Order: Feminist Politics and Post-Lacanian Theory

7. Social Theory and Psychoanalysis in Transition: The Possibilities of the Social Imagery

Notes and References


About the Series

Routledge Revivals: Anthony Elliott: Early Works in Social Theory

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1992 and 2004, draw together the early works of Anthony Elliott, in the field of social theory. The collection covers some of his major works in the field of sociology, with a focus on psychoanalysis, social theory, modern culture, and cultural theory. This set is a celebration of the prolific collection of early works written or co-authored by Anthony Elliott.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General