shopping cart
nothing in cart
 
browse by subject
new releases
best sellers
sale books
browse by author
browse by publisher
home
about us
upcoming events
Oct 29th - Freud Cafe Fright Night - “And Things That Go Bump in the Night…” (& why we love them) [Between Hours / Interdisciplinary Dialogues - Toronto Psychoanalytic Society]
Oct 29th - When the personal is professional: Understanding and addressing vicarious trauma [SickKids CCMH Learning Institute]
Nov 1st - Certificate in essential skills for assessing and treating children and families [SickKids CCMH Learning Institute]
Nov 2nd - Emotionally Focused Therapy for Individuals (EFIT): Leveraging Attachment Theory [Leading Edge Seminars]
Nov 2nd - Understanding personality disorders (PDs) [SickKids CCMH Learning Institute]
schools agencies and other institutional orders (click here)
Now open for browsing 12-6 Mon-Sat and 12-5 Sunday for three people at a time. Pickups still from 9 to 6, Monday to Saturday. Free shipping across Canada for orders over $100. Please read our Covid-19 statement here.
Join our mailing list! Click here to sign up.
The Sociological Interpretation of Dreams
Bernard Lahire
Polity Press / Hardcover / 2020-09-01 / 1509537945
Dreams & Symbols / Sociology
reg price: $54.00 our price: $ 48.60
450 pages
In Stock (Ships within one business day)

For Freud, dreams were the royal road to the unconscious: through the process of interpretation, the manifest and sometimes bewildering content of dreams can be traced back to the unconscious representations underlying it. But can we understand dreams in another way by considering how the unconscious is structured by our social experiences?

This is hypothesis that underlies this highly original book by Bernard Lahire, who argues that dreams can be interpreted sociologically by seeing the dream as a nocturnal form of self-to-self communication. Lahire rejects Freud’s view that the manifest dream content is the result of a process of censorship: as a form of self-to-self communication, the dream is the symbolic arena most completely freed from all forms of censorship. In Lahire’s view, the dream is a message which can be understood only by relating it to the social world of the dreamer, and in particular to the problems that concern him or her during waking life. As a form of self-to-self communication, the dream is an intimate private diary, providing us with the elements of a profound and subtle understanding of who and what we are. Studying dreams enables us to discover our most deep-seated and hidden preoccupations, and to understand the thought processes that operate within us, beyond the reach of our volition.

The study of dreams and dreaming has largely been the preserve of psychoanalysis, psychology and neuroscience. By showing how dreams are connected to the lived experience of individuals in the social world, this highly original book puts dreams and dreaming at the heart of the social sciences. It will be of great value to students and scholars in sociology, psychology and psychoanalysis and to anyone interested in the nature and meaning of dreams.

Drawing on many disciplines, on little-known works about dream activity and on discoveries about consciousness and the workings of thought, Bernard Lahire puts forward a bold theory: we replay at night the unconscious schemas and determinisms that structure our personality and underlie our behavior. L'Obs

This great theoretical work, which opens up a whole host of questions about what troubles us day and night, about what social structures do to our unconscious and about what the world does to our nocturnal imagination, awaits only its practical application in order to corroborate its stimulating insights. Les Inrocks

About the Author:

Bernard Lahire is Professor of Sociology at the École Normale Superieure de Lyon. He has published over twenty books, including This is Not a Painting and The Plural Actor.

Caversham Booksellers
98 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S 1G6 Canada
(click for map and directions)
All prices in $cdn
Copyright 2020

Phone toll-free (800) 361-6120
Tel (416) 944-0962 | Fax (416) 944-0963
E-mail [email protected]
Hours: 9-6 Mon-Sat / 12-5 Sun (EST)

search
Click here to read previous issues.
other lists
Dreams & Symbols
Newsletter-2020-10
Polity Press
September 2020 New Arrivals
Sociology
The Interesting Reading List for May 17th, 2021