Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Revolutions in Subjectivity by Ian Parker

By Ian Parker

Jacques Lacan's effect upon the speculation and perform of psychoanalysis world wide can't be underestimated. Lacanian Psychoanalysis appears to be like on the present debates surrounding Lacanian perform and explores its position inside historic, social and political contexts. The ebook argues that Lacan’s elaboration of psychoanalytic conception is grounded in medical perform and wishes to be outlined on the subject of the 4 major traditions: psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy and spirituality. As such issues of debate comprise: the intersection among psychoanalysis and social transformation a brand new approach via deadlocks of present Lacanian debate a brand new method of ‘clinical buildings’ of neurosis, perversion and psychosis Lacanian Psychoanalysis attracts on Lacan's paintings to make clear matters proper to present healing perform and as such will probably be of serious curiosity to scholars, trainees and practitioners of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, counselling and different domain names of non-public and social switch.

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This double-edged character of psychiatry cuts against itself, tears it into competing tendencies. On the one side it is a technical instrumental apparatus now at one with the pharmaceutical companies and enrolled into the delirious search for neurological certainties; it is expressed in the claim that we were recently living in the decade of the brain or that we are on the edge of the discovery of a gene for schizophrenia. This underwrites bourgeois ideology, the most malign side of the Western Enlightenment at work in the illusion of scientific progress through technology (Adorno and Horkheimer 1944/1979).

But it is very early in his writing that a key motif in his work appears, that of the 'decline of the paternal imago' in Western culture (Lacan 1938). Then the question that comes to haunt Lacanian theory is whether that decline is a traumatic moment at which human civilisation itself starts to collapse or whether it opens up the space for quite different kinds of mediated social relations (Dufour 2008). Nevertheless, those forms are still reproduced in a teaching in which the master displays himself, displays his knowledge and sometimes even his patients to the class.

It is here that a constellation of commonsensical symbolic forms - civilisation, reason and health - cluster together with categories of gender, class and race, and particular forms of otherness are thereby constituted. In the psychiatric system at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century the otherness of femininity is thereby captured by the descriptive category of hysteria, and the ability of mad women to symbolise their distress is refracted through their class position and so also with a particular, limited it is assumed, relation to language.

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