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Appraising the Role of the Individual in Political and Social Change Processes: Jung, Camus, and the Question of Personal Responsibility-Possibilities and Impossibilities of "Making a Difference"

Samuels, A (2014) 'Appraising the Role of the Individual in Political and Social Change Processes: Jung, Camus, and the Question of Personal Responsibility-Possibilities and Impossibilities of "Making a Difference".' Psychotherapy and Politics International, 12 (2). 99 - 110. ISSN 1476-9263

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Abstract

© 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. The paper is an attempt to open discussion on the role of "the individual" in contemporary progressive and radical political discourse and criticism. Academic stress on the contexts in which individuals operate, while necessary and useful, cuts us off from sources for thinking about such a role. Jung's ideas about the relations of individual and social/collective are important and suggestive yet require extensive revision. Camus's book The Rebel is useful in making such revisions. Centrally, the paper proposes new thinking about "broken" and "fractured" individuals as it probes the limits of personal responsibility. Questions of individual political "type" or "style" are posed, intended to provide a novel account of how political attitudes, engagements and behaviours may be conceptualised.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0500 Psychoanalysis
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 18 May 2015 14:03
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2017 11:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/13722

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