The Psychic Life of Power: Theories in Subjection

Stanford University Press (1997)
Abstract
The author considers the way in which psychic life is generated by the social operation of power, and how that social operation of power is concealed and fortified by the psyche that it produces. Power is no longer understood to be 'internalized' by an existing subject, but the subject is spawned as an ambivalent effect of power, one that is staged through the operation of conscience. To claim that power fabricates the psyche is also to claim that there is a fictional and fabricated quality to the psyche. The figure of a psyche that 'turns against itself' is crucial to this study, and offers an alternative to describing power as 'internalized'. Although most readers of Foucault eschew psychoanalytic theory, and most thinkers of the psyche eschew Foucault, the author seeks to theorize this ambivalent relation between the social and the psychic as one of the most dynamic and difficult effects of power.
Keywords Self (Philosophy  Power (Philosophy  Self Social aspects  Power (Social sciences
Categories (categorize this paper)
Buy the book $7.47 used (72% off)   $16.81 new (36% off)   $17.50 direct from Amazon (33% off)    Amazon page
Call number BD438.5.B88 1997
ISBN(s) 0804728127   9780804728126
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
 
Download options
PhilPapers Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 10,612
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Citations of this work BETA
Dany Nobus (2013). That Obscure Object of Psychoanalysis. Continental Philosophy Review 46 (2):163-187.

View all 34 citations

Similar books and articles
Analytics

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2009-01-28

Total downloads

29 ( #58,751 of 1,098,415 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

5 ( #57,129 of 1,098,415 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Start a new thread
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.