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Hysteria in the squares: Approaching populism from a perspective of desire

Ronderos, Sebastián (2020) 'Hysteria in the squares: Approaching populism from a perspective of desire.' Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society. ISSN 1088-0763

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This paper explores the productive potential in the psychoanalytic concept of hysteria in terms of the study of populism. A Lacanian framework is adopted to broaden our understanding of the (dis)identification structures at stake in a populist logic, stressing the constitutive role desire bears in relation to social meaning-making processes. Against a background of public discontent – the “square protests” – this paper exploits the emancipatory potential within the discourse of the hysteric as a crucial radical investment in the displacement of predominant socio-symbolic boundaries, leading to the production of social knowledge.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2021 11:21
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2021 11:21

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