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Studies in the Psychosocial

The Feeling of Certainty

Psychosocial Perspectives on Identity and Difference

Editors: Mintchev, Nikolay, Hinshelwood, R. D. (Eds.)

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  • Focuses on a little researched area - certainty, rather than uncertainty
  • Has implications for research on identity formation, political commitment, racism and prejudice
  • Brings the work of Karl Figlio together in one place
  • Includes a variety of empirical data ranging from clinical case studies to ethnographic and historical evidence
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About this book

This book explores the concept of certainty, a term which is widely used in everyday language to designate a psychological experience or feeling but is rarely considered controversial or politically charged. The Feeling of Certainty argues that conversely this most ordinary of feelings plays a key role in shaping identity formation, social exclusion, prejudice, and commitment to political causes. The authors question what it means for the subject to feel certainty about her or his relationships to self and others. From where does the feeling of certainty originate, and how does it differ from modes of thought that are open to scepticism about the order of things? They draw on a wide range of theories, including those of Freud, Klein, Lacan, Wittgenstein, Bion, and Jung, challenging readers to consider the world of ideologies, symbols, and stereotypes in which certainty is entrenched, as well as the inter- and intra-psychic processes and defence mechanisms which form the unconscious foundation of the experience of certainty. This collection will offer valuable insight to scholars of psychology, politics, social science and history.

About the authors

Nikolay Mintchev is a research associate at the Institute for Global Prosperity, University College London, UK and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, UK, where he was previously a lecturer. He specialises in ethnic diversity, social transformation and psychosocial approaches to identity and difference.

R. D. Hinshelwood is a professor in the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, and previously Clinical Director at The Cassel Hospital, London, UK. He is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He authored A Dictionary of Kleinian Thought (1989) and other books and articles on Kleinian psychoanalysis. He has an interest in how psychoanalysis may contribute to social and political science.


Reviews

“Our increasingly uncertain times seem to be marked by polarized and often violent antagonisms between competing certainties informing social, religious and political identifications. How can we make sense of this paradox? This challenging volume argues for the importance of a psychosocial perspective in capturing the crucial unconscious complicities linking uncertainty and certainty. It deploys a series of illuminating concepts and theories as well as a truly critical ethos in a bid to rigorously thematize and potentially deactivate this explosive mix. Simultaneously bold in its scope and reflexive in its method, it will certainly reward and inspire!” (Yannis Stavrakakis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Feeling of Certainty, Towards a Psychosocial Approach

    Mintchev, Nikolay (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • The Mentality of Conviction: Feeling Certain and the Search for Truth

    Figlio, Karl

    Pages 11-30

  • What Is Subjectivity and How Can We Study It Empirically? Understanding the Feeling of Certainty Through Psychoanalysis and Ethnography

    Mintchev, Nikolay

    Pages 31-47

  • Haunted by Uncertain Refrains

    Frosh, Stephen

    Pages 49-68

  • Internal Racism: Belief in the Racist Mindset

    Davids, M. Fakhry

    Pages 69-91

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eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-57717-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-57716-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $99.99
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at +1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • Due: January 1, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-319-86231-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Feeling of Certainty
Book Subtitle
Psychosocial Perspectives on Identity and Difference
Editors
  • Nikolay Mintchev
  • R. D. Hinshelwood
Series Title
Studies in the Psychosocial
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-57717-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-57717-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-57716-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-86231-6
Series ISSN
2662-2629
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 194
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