Social Theory Since Freud: Traversing Social Imaginaries

Routledge (2004)
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In this compelling book, Anthony Elliott traces the rise of psychoanalysis from the Frankfurt School to postmodernism, exploring in detail the social and political factors that have led intellectuals to draw from the insights of Freud. Examining how pathbreaking theorists such as Adorno, Marcuse, Lacan and Lyotard have deployed psychoanalysis to politicize issues like desire, sexuality, repression and identity, Elliott develops a powerful assessment of the gains and losses arising from this appropriation of psychoanalysis in social theory and cultural studies. Moving from the impact of the Culture Wars and recent Freud-bashing to contemporary debates in social theory, feminism and postmodernism, Elliott argues for a new alliance between social-theoretical and psychoanalytic perspectives
Keywords Social sciences and psychoanalysis History  Psychoanalysis history  Psychoanalytic Theory  Politics  Social Change
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Call number BF175.4.S65.E455 2004
ISBN(s) 0415271649   9780415271646
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