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The psychic life of power : theories in subjection

Author: Judith Butler
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1997.
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As a form of power, subjection is paradoxical. To be dominated by a power external to oneself is a familiar and agonizing form power takes. To find, however, that what "one" is, one's very formation as a subject, is dependent upon that very power is quite another. If, following Foucault, we understand power as forming the subject as well, it provides the very condition of its existence and the trajectory of its
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Judith Butler
ISBN: 0804728119 9780804728119 0804728127 9780804728126
OCLC Number: 35785687
Description: 218 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Stubborn attachment, bodily subjection: Rereading Hegel on the unhappy consciousness --
Circuits of bad conscience: Nietzsche and Freud --
Subjection, resistance, resignification: Between Freud and Foucault --
"Conscience doth make subjects of us all": Althusser's subjection --
Melancholy gender/refused identification: Keeping it moving: Commentary on Judith Butler, by Adam Phillips: Reply to Adam Phillips --
Psychic inceptions: Melancholy, ambivalence, rage.
Responsibility: Judith Butler.
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Drawing upon Hegel, Nietzsche, Freud, Foucault, and Althusser, this challenging and lucid work offers a theory of subject formation that illuminates as ambivalent the psychic effects of social power.  Read more...

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"The emergence of self-consciousness is rooted in paradox - for becoming a subject is intricately bound up with being subjected. This insight ... is explored and developed as [Butler's] book unfolds, Read more...

 
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