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Psychoanalysis, Politics, Oppression and Resistance: Lacanian Perspectives
Edited by Chris Vanderwees and Kristen Hennessy
Routledge / Softcover / Jun 2022
9781032079165 (ISBN-10: 1032079169)
Lacan / Social & Political Issues
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This innovative text addresses the lack of literature regarding intersectional approaches to psychoanalysis, underscoring the importance of thinking through race, class, and gender within psychoanalytic theory and practice.

The book tackles the widespread perception of psychoanalysis today as a discipline detached from the progressive ideals of social responsibility, institutional psychotherapy, and community mental health. Bringing together a range of international contributions, the collection explores issues of class, politics, oppression, and resistance within the field of psychoanalysis in cultural, theoretical, and clinical contexts. It shows how, in contrast to this misperception, psychoanalysis has been attentive to these ideals from its origins, as well as demonstrating how it continues to be relevant today, through wide-ranging conceptual discussions of the anti-globalisation, Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements.

Written in an accessible style, Psychoanalysis, Politics, Oppression and Resistance will be essential reading for practicing psychoanalysts as well as academics and students in a range of humanities and social sciences fields.


"This book extends the ethics of Lacanian psychoanalysis in the clinic to the symbolic and real beyond the clinic. The position of the analyst in the world is crucial for our time, and this book gathers some of the wisest, clearest voices in our field." - Annie G. Rogers, Ph.D., Psychoanalyst, Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis; Professor Emerita of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Psychology, Hampshire College

"An extraordinary collection, which foregrounds and advances the radical progressive impulse that has arguably always been inherent in Lacanian clinical social theory. Moving from questions of political emancipation, capitalist jouissance and Lacan's Marx, to the pragmatic concerns of homelessness, immigrant identity, violence and community mental health - and, of course, the paramount concern of how we might effectively decolonize Lacan - this volume makes an invaluable contribution to how we might reframe and respond to the most pressing socio-political and ideological dilemmas of our times" - Derek Hook, author, Six Moments in Lacan

"These urgent and original essays by experienced clinicians and distinguished scholars reclaim the too often disavowed political power of the unconscious, thus freeing psychoanalysis as a tool for social change. This stellar collection is a work of emancipatory radicality that changes the way we think about and with psychoanalysis." - Patricia Gherovici, psychoanalyst; author, Transgender Psychoanalysis: A Lacanian Perspective on Sexual Difference

Table of Contents




Ian Parker


Psychoanalysis, Politics, Oppression and Resistance: Lacanian Perspectives

Chris Vanderwees and Kristen Hennessy


Lacanian Psychoanalysis and Marxism: Conceptual and Practical Work

Ian Parker


Capital’s Jouissance: Society and Sexual Political Economy in Lacan’s Marx

David Pavón Cuéllar


Can We Decolonize Lacan? Indigenous Origins of the Split Subject

Clint Burnham


Dwelling on the Direction of the Treatment for the Homeless Subject

Chris Vanderwees


Psychoanalysis is Spoken Here: Analytic Ethics and the Talking Cure in the Delivery of Community Mental Health Treatment

Christopher Meyer


Unheard Bodies and the Challenges in the Constitution of Immigrants’ Identity and Subjectivity

Debora Kirschbaum Nitkin


A Conversation on Psychoanalytic Work with Children in the System

Kristen Hennessy and Chris Vanderwees


The College of Registered Psychotherapists in Ontario and the Controlled Act of Psychotherapy: a Lacanian Impasse

Sheila L. Cavanagh


Groups and Communality: A Real Conundrum for the Social World

Eve Watson


A Spectral Materialism to Safeguard Modernity: Tractatus Economico-Psychanalytico-Philosophicus

Alireza Taheri


Invisible Fist of the Market: Fight Club and the Therapeutic Lures of Emancipatory Violence

Daniel Adleman


Trauma, Irony and Animals

Bo Earle


About the Editors:

Chris Vanderwees, PhD, RP, is a psychoanalyst and registered psychotherapist at St. John the Compassionate in Toronto, Canada.

Kristen Hennessy, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and advanced certified trauma practitioner in Pennsylvania. Her work appears in the collection Lacanian Psychoanalysis with Babies, Children, and Adolescents (Routledge, 2017).

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