Intoxication, Modernity, and Colonialism

Freud’s Industrial Unconscious, Benjamin’s Hashish Mimesis

Authors: Bjelić, Dušan I.

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  • Examines cocaine as the link between colonialism of Peru and the pharmaceutical colonialism in relation to the origins of psychoanalysis
  • Offers a radical contrast between Benjamin’s ‘hallucinatory collective’ and psychoanalytic normalization
  • A groundbreaking analysis of Freud’s cocaine dreams and “screen memories” as his industrial unconscious
  • Explores Freud and Benjamin’s messianic dialectics in relation to unconscious colonialism
  • Political re-contextualization of coca leaf as mimetic antidote to biopower
  • An original rethinking of Freudian and Benjaminian concepts through the discourses of colonialism and drug addiction
  • Analyzes the relation between discourse and intoxication in the time of high modernity
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This book depicts how Freud’s cocaine and Benjamin’s hashish illustrate two critiques of modernity and two messianic emancipations through the pleasures of intoxicating discourse. Freud discovered the “libido” and “unconscious” in the industrial mimetic scheme of cocaine, whereas Benjamin found an inspiration for his critique of phantasmagoria and its variant psychoanalysis in hashish’s mimesis. In addition, as part of the history of colonialism, both drugs generated two distinct colonial discourses and, consequently, two different understandings of the emancipatory powers of pleasure, the unconscious, and dreams. After all, great ideas don't liberate; they intoxicate.

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Dušan I. Bjelić is Professor at University of Southern Maine USA. He obtained his PhD in Sociology from Boston University, USA. He is the author of Galileo's Pendulum (2003) and Normalizing the Balkans (2011) and the co-editor (with Obrad Savić) of Balkan as Metaphor (2002).

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Intoxication, Modernity, and Colonialism
Book Subtitle
Freud’s Industrial Unconscious, Benjamin’s Hashish Mimesis
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58856-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58856-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-95072-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95721-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 307
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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