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Lacan, Jouissance and the Social Sciences: The One and the Many
Raul Moncayo
Routledge Focus / Hardcover / Jul 2023
9781032515977 (ISBN-10: 103251597X)
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Exploring how a Freudian-Lacanian approach to psychoanalysis intersects with social and cultural theory, Lacan, Jouissance, and the Social Sciences demonstrates the significance of subjectivity as a concept for the study of leadership, social psychology, culture, and political theory.

Raul Moncayo examines Lacan’s notion of surplus jouissance in relation to four types of socio-economic value: Productive Value, Exchange Value, Surplus Value, and Profit. Also drawing on the work of Slavoj Žižek, Moncayo contends that surplus production cannot be reduced to alienated labor but rather includes various levels of jouissance-value. In this way, the jouissance that drives capitalization and organization can be theorized as constructive rather than destructive and encompass satisfaction and prosperity rather than individual suffering and asceticism or living with less.

This volume will be of great interest to psychoanalysts both in practice and in training and to academics and scholars of psychoanalytic studies, Lacanian studies, and social sciences.


‘This original text presents an innovative interdisciplinary approach, where key concepts within different paradigms - such as jouissance in Lacanian theory, surplus value in Marxist theory, and nothingness/emptiness in the Buddhist tradition - relate to each other, challenging the boundaries of traditional political theory, and inviting us to rethink the relations among power, ethics, and civil society.’

Martin Hopenhayn, social theorist for United Nations; author, Beyond Nihilism and the Sense of Belonging in Fragmented Societies

Table of Contents:

Introduction 1. The Primal Horde of Primates and early Humans 2. The Leader and the Group 3. Benevolent Tyranny and Love as a Motive for Repression 4. The Group 5. The Polis 6. Practice and Labor as Undivided Activity, Alienated Labor, and the Question of Surplus Value 7. The One and the Many 8. Equality, Inequality, Meritocracy, Excellence, Talent, Defect and Disability 9. Animal and Human Spirits or Jouissance in the Economy Appendix I. An outline of the History of the Symbolic Order or the History of Human Wisdom and Knowledge Appendix II. Theory of the Libido and Lacan’s Three Jouissances: Freud, Jung, Bion, Lacan, and Moncayo

About the Author:

Raul Moncayo, PhD, is a supervising analyst and a founding member and past president of the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis, USA. Dr. Moncayo was also the training director of a large psychiatric clinic for many years in San Francisco. In 2022 he founded The Chinese American Center for Freudian and Lacanian Analysis and Research. He has been an adjunct faculty and a visiting professor both locally and abroad and is the author of 11 books.

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