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Everything is Permitted, Restrictions Still Apply : A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Social Dislocation, Narcissism and Post Truth
Thurston, Ian
Routledge / Karnac Books / Softcover / 2018-07-01 / 1782206124
Psychoanalysis / Social & Political Issues
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Rapid social dislocation and change are ubiquitous to late capitalist societies, though these processes may be felt unequally. The book suggests, following the work of the late Christopher Lasch, that there are powerful narcissistic trends in contemporary life mitigating against the capacity to acknowledge and face these changes, in other words against the capacity to face reality and to mourn. There is a tendency to assert the primacy of a compelling emotional narrative over the claims of evidence and expertise, and to relate to others, past and present, as alternately idealised and/or denigrated aspects of the self. These trends permeate across socio-cultural divides and the political spectrum – underpinning phenomena as apparently divergent as free market fundamentalism, certain forms of anti-capitalism, and contemporary identity and victim politics of both nominal right and left; movements that have more common emotional and intellectual underpinnings than their proponents may care to admit. The contrasting, in the Brexit debate for example, of liberal progressiveness with post truth populism ignores the inter-relationship of these phenomena and begs the question of those powerful subjectivist and relativistic trends amongst sections of radical and "progressive" opinion that have long sought to problematise the very notion of truth. The books offer a historicized psychoanalytically informed analysis of these phenomena and suggest that these powerful trends distort perception, limit engagement with reality, and influence the way in which social problems are experienced and conceptualised. They have a tendency, through mutual projective processes, to self-perpetuate, creating at best a situation of impasse, at worst of malignant social regression.

Table of Contents

Author

Dedications

Acknowledgements

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER ONE
Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Human Subjectivity

CHAPTER TWO
Narcissism and Loss

CHAPTER THREE
Embodied Experience

CHAPTER FOUR
Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Social Dislocation and Group Regression

CHAPTER FIVE
Destructive Narcissism in History – Norman Cohn’s Study of Millennialism

CHAPTER SIX
Imagined Communities – a Historicised Psychoanalytic Perspective on the Rise of Nationalism

CHAPTER SEVEN
The "Downfall" of Destructive Narcissism

CHAPTER EIGHT
Historical and Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Fascism.

CHAPTER NINE
From Post-war Settlement to the End of History

CHAPTER TEN
Lost Worlds; the Un-mourned Past as a Psychic Retreat

CHAPTER ELEVEN
Problems with the Defence.

CHAPTER TWELVE
Subjectivism, Post-modernism and Identity Politics.

CHAPTER THIRTEEN
A Culture of Narcissism?

CHAPTER FOURTEEN
Marketisation and Subjectivism in Mental Health Care - the Importance of the Paternal function.

CHAPTER FIFTEEN
From Dryadic to Triadic – the Post-modern Turn in Psychotherapy

CHAPTER SIXTEEN
Not in Our Name!

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
Everything is Permitted, Restrictions Still Apply

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
Post-Crash, Post-Truth

CHAPTER NINETEEN
Conclusion - A Plea for a Measure of Universalism

About the Author:

Ian Thurston is a registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist, currently working as a Principal Adult Psychotherapist at the Department of Psychotherapy, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. He has worked extensively in public sector mental health care, initially as a psychiatric nurse, and later as clinical manager of an Acute Day Hospital in East London.

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