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The grip of ideology: A Lacanian approach to the theory of ideology

Glynos, J (2001) 'The grip of ideology: A Lacanian approach to the theory of ideology.' Journal of Political Ideologies, 6 (2). 191 - 214. ISSN 1356-9317

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Abstract

Is it possible to say something about how an ideology grips subjects that goes beyond today's sophisticated accounts of how particular socio-political traditions have been contingently constituted? This paper explores how a Lacanian conceptual framework provides the resources with which to offer an affirmative response to this question. In outlining such a response, I rely on Slavoj Žižek's political re-articulations of psychoanalytic categories and on Ernesto Laclau's hegemonic approach to ideology. I begin by situating the hegemonic approach to ideology in the context of other contemporary approaches. I then offer a reading which suggests that Ẑiẑek's Lacanian approach can be seen as a particular version of the hegemonic approach to ideology. Crucial to the former are the concepts of desire, fantasy, and enjoyment. I suggest that a Lacanian theory of ideology offers us a set of concepts drawn from the clinic that provoke interesting insights for the analysis and critique of ideology.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Peter Josse
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2015 14:14
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:23
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/10160

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