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Critical Political Theory and Radical Practice

Psychoanalysis, Politics and the Postmodern University

Authors: Burston, Daniel

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  • Presents a fresh perspective on American psychoanalysis to inform critical theory and political practice
  • Written to foster dialogue between clinicians and social scientists
  • Offers a highly interdisciplinary approach, integrating concepts from philosophy, psychoanalysis, political theory, sociology and history
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Critical theory draws on Marxism, psychoanalysis, postmodern and poststructuralist theorists. Marxism and psychoanalysis are rooted in the Enlightenment project, while postmodernism and poststructuralism are more indebted to Nietzsche, whose philosophy is rooted in anti-Enlightenment ideas and ideals. Marxism and psychoanalysis contributed mightily to our understanding of fascism and authoritarianism, but were distorted and disfigured by authoritarian tendencies and practices in turn. This book, written for clinicians and social scientists, explores these overarching themes, focusing on the reception of Freud in America, the authoritarian personality and American politics, Lacan’s “return to Freud,” Jordan Peterson and the Crisis of the Liberal Arts, and the anti-psychiatry movement. 

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Daniel Burston is Associate Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University, USA, and the author of numerous books and papers on the history of psychology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis. 

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“Building on the rich history of psychoanalysis, Burston invites his readers to explore the meaning of a truth-loving disposition and its relevance for contemporary debates in the social sciences and humanities. This important book shines a critical lens on currently fashionable critiques of academia and demonstrates the relevance and depth of humanistic thinking for the pressing psychological and political issues we face today.”

Roger Frie, Professor of Education, Simon Fraser University and Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Canada

 

“Daniel Burston is one of those rare intellectually gifted polymaths whose scholarly contributions to psychoanalysis, political critical theory, and the history of the social sciences remain unparalleled. In this recent book he perspicaciously critiques the politics of psychoanalysis, authoritarianism, the pre-linguistic unconscious, the anti-psychiatry and pharmacology movements, the ideology of group identification, post-enlightenment sensibility, and the crisis of postmodernism in the humanities. Before we slip into fascism and irrevocable ecological destruction, his timely call for critical self-reflection and conscientious social activism is incumbent upon us all.”

Jon Mills, Faculty, Postgraduate Programs in Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy, Adelphi University, USA and author of Inventing God (2016).

 

“A truly educative volume that is destined to be widely read. Is there another author who could do justice to such disparate—but equally controversial—figures as Paul Roazen and Jordan Peterson? This is the backdrop to Daniel Burston’s disconcerting mirror for psychology and psychoanalysis, situated between academia and the wider culture. Far from being personalistic or journalistic, this work rests on Burston's masterly knowledge of critical theory in its widest sense.”

Andrew Samuels, Former Professor of Analytical Psychology, University of Essex, UK


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Psychoanalysis, Politics and the Postmodern University
Authors
Series Title
Critical Political Theory and Radical Practice
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-34921-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-34921-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-34920-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 184
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