D.W. Winnicott and Political Theory

Recentering the Subject

Editors: Bowker, Matthew H., Buzby, Amy (Eds.)

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  • Brings together diverse perspectives from leading scholars in the growing field of psychoanalytic political theory
  • Emphasizes practical application of D.W. Winnicott’s thought in addressing pressing contemporary concerns of political theorists
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In this volume, the work of British psychoanalyst D.W. Winnicott is set in conversation with some of today’s most talented psychodynamically-sensitive political thinkers. The editors and contributors demonstrate that Winnicott’s thought contains underappreciated political insights, discoverable in his reflections on the nature of the maturational process, and useful in working through difficult impasses confronting contemporary political theorists. Specifically, Winnicott’s psychoanalytic theory and practice offer a framework by which the political subject, destabilized and disrupted in much postmodern and contemporary thinking, may be recentered. Each chapter in this volume, in its own way, grapples with this central theme: the potential for authentic subjectivity and inter-subjectivity to arise within a nexus of autonomy and dependence, aggression and civility, destructiveness and care. This volume is unique in its contribution to the growing field of object-relations-oriented political and social theory. It will be of interest to political scientists, psychologists, and scholars of related subjects in the humanities and social sciences.

About the authors

Matthew H. Bowker is Clinical Assistant Professor of Humanities at Medaille College, USA. He is the author of several books in the field of psycho-politics, including: A Dangerous Place to Be (Forthcoming), Ideologies of Experience (2016), and Rethinking the Politics of Absurdity (2014).
Amy Buzby is Associate Professor of Political Science at Arkansas State University, USA. She obtained her PhD in political science from Rutgers University, USA. Her published works include Subterranean Politics and Freud’s Legacy (2013) and Communicative Action (2010).

Reviews

“True scholarship must encompass the rediscovery of sorely neglected sources of valuable knowledge. Bowker and Buzby and their likewise excellent contributors do us a great service in bringing Winnicott's profound psychoanalytic wisdom back into the fray of political theory, front and un-decentered. I couldn't recommend this stimulating and provocative volume too highly.” (Kurt Jacobsen, University of Chicago, USA and author of "Freud's Foes" and "Pacification and Its Discontents”)

“The shared premise of this book is illustrated with admirable deftness, theoretical sophistication, and lucidity across a wide spectrum of themes. The result is a volume which, in its totality, is much more than the sum of its parts. Anyone interested in the potential of free, humane subjectivity, and in the critique of anti-humanism, will find it deeply rewarding.” (David N. Smith, Professor and Chair of Sociology, University of Kansas, USA)

“This book is a fine volume of uncommon depth and reach. A clinician rather than a political thinker, Winnicott’s work nevertheless emerges as a significant resource for our understanding of political agency and what a good society might be. Readers already persuaded of that fact will find their thinking taken in new and surprising directions.  Those unfamiliar with Winnicott’s ideas will find many reasons to take seriously his relevance to political thought and to matters of pressing political concern.” (Peter Redman, Editor of “Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society”)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Bowker, Matthew H. (et al.)

    Pages 1-34

  • Being and Encountering: Movement and Aggression in Winnicott

    Elkins, Jeremy

    Pages 37-67

  • The Isolation of the True Self and the Problem of Impingement: Implications of Winnicott’s Theory for Social Connection and Political Engagement

    Levine, David P.

    Pages 69-85

  • The Psychoanalytic Winnicott We Need Now: On the Way to a Real Ecological Thought

    Orlie, Melissa A.

    Pages 87-109

  • Playing ‘Riot’: Identity in Refuge—Absent Child Narratives in the 2013 Hindu–Muslim Riots in Muzaffarnagar, India

    Mehdi, Zehra

    Pages 113-136

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
D.W. Winnicott and Political Theory
Book Subtitle
Recentering the Subject
Editors
  • Matthew H. Bowker
  • Amy Buzby
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-57533-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-57533-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95418-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 378
Number of Illustrations
3 illustrations in colour
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