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Hating government and voting against one?s interests: Self-Transgression, enjoyment, critique

Glynos, J (2014) 'Hating government and voting against one?s interests: Self-Transgression, enjoyment, critique.' Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society, 19 (2). pp. 179-189. ISSN 1088-0763

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The psychoanalytic contribution to our understanding of hating government and voting against our own interests can be appreciated by invoking the categories of fantasy and enjoyment. Essential to the psychoanalytic enterprise is the idea that there is no necessary relation between a subject?s investment in a fantasmatic narrative and how faithfully this narrative reflects a consensus reality. As a prominent narrative element in political discourse, ?big government? can thus play for the subject two analytically distinct roles: an ideological role (linked to our fantasmatic investment in the world) and an epistemological role (linked to our understanding of the world). I argue that an appeal to fantasy not only helps us better grasp this difference in roles, but also enables us to appreciate its social and political implications.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0500 Psychoanalysis
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2014 09:18
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:19

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