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Lacan and Political Subjectivity: Fantasy and Enjoyment in Psychoanalysis and Political Theory

Glynos, J and Stavrakakis, Y (2008) 'Lacan and Political Subjectivity: Fantasy and Enjoyment in Psychoanalysis and Political Theory.' Subjectivity, 24 (1). pp. 256-274. ISSN 1755-6341

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Abstract

In this paper we explore and exploit the theoretical, empirical, and critical potential of subjectivity in political theory and psychoanalysis, suggesting that a turn to fantasy and enjoyment can help sharpen what is at stake in appeals to this concept. We indicate ? in the first part ? the way fantasy has already been invoked in the literature to enhance our understanding of organizational practices, in order to show ? in the second part ? how a Lacanian approach to ?the subject of enjoyment? can supplement such accounts. We focus on three key themes linked directly to the concept of subjectivity. The first theme concerns how to think the relationship between political and ethical subjectivity. The second revolves around how fantasy and enjoyment allow us to rethink the relationship between reason and affect. The final theme explores how a logic of fantasy allows us to explore what has been called ?the problem of self-transgression?.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2012 11:43
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:19
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/4021

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