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Critical Theory and Practice in Psychology and the Human Sciences

Psychoanalyzing the Left and Right after Donald Trump

Conservatism, Liberalism, and Neoliberal Populisms

Authors: Samuels, Robert

  • Shows why it is hard to understand contemporary politics and society without using psychoanalytic theories
  • Argues that the emerging fields of evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, and behavioural economics are actually political ideologies masquerading as scientific discourses
  • Clarifies the foundations of psychoanalysis and the possibility of a new politics based on psychoanalytic practices 
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About this book

This book outlines a new model for global social justice movements that is based on Freud and Lacan’s central insights regarding the unconscious, repetition, drives, and transference. Since most of our current social issues are global in nature, Bob Samuels convincingly argues that we need a global solution, but that global solidarity is blocked by narcissistic nationalism and the capitalist death drive. In examining contemporary social movements for global justice, Samuels articulates a comprehensive theory of non-pathological social solidarity, and argues that in the age of multinational corporations and global climate change, we need a new model of global justice and government that requires an understanding of analytic neutrality and free association. This book uses psychoanalytic theories and practices to explain how someone like Trump can rise to power, and explores why liberals have failed to provide a convincing or effective political alternative. It will be compelling reading to students and teachers in a range of psychological and political disciplines, and to anyone interested in psychoanalysis and current politics.

About the authors

Robert Samuels teaches writing at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. He is also President of UC-AFT, the union representing 4,000 librarians and lecturers (non-tenured faculty) in the UC system, and has authored seven books, including Why Public Higher Education Should Be Free

Reviews

“Psychoanalyzing the Left and Right after Donald Trump applies psychoanalytic theory to analyze the contemporary politics surrounding the 2016 election of the 45th president of the United States of America. … Students and teachers from a wide range of psychological disciplines with an interest in current politics may find this book an interesting example of the connection between contemporary issues relevant to the public and the historically fundamental concepts of psychology’s founding theories.” (Kara Ayers, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 62 (11), March, 2017)


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Samuels, Robert

    Pages 1-5

  • Victim Politics: Psychoanalyzing the Neoliberal Conservative Counter-Revolution

    Samuels, Robert

    Pages 7-29

  • Beyond Hillary Clinton: Obsessional Narcissism and the Failure of the Liberal Class

    Samuels, Robert

    Pages 31-59

  • Trump and Sanders on the Couch: Neoliberal Populism on the Left and the Right

    Samuels, Robert

    Pages 61-76

  • Global Solidarity and Global Government: The Universal Subject of Psychoanalysis and Democracy

    Samuels, Robert

    Pages 77-101

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-44808-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $54.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-44807-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Psychoanalyzing the Left and Right after Donald Trump
Book Subtitle
Conservatism, Liberalism, and Neoliberal Populisms
Authors
Series Title
Critical Theory and Practice in Psychology and the Human Sciences
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-44808-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-44808-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-44807-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
V, 113
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