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Everything is permitted, restrictions still apply : a psychoanalytic perspective on social dislocation, narcissism, and post truth

Author: Ian Thurston
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, ©2018 2018.
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This book applies historicised psychoanalytic thinking in a non-reductive way to better understand the dominant emotional trends in contemporary cultural and socio-political life, with a specific focus on the relationship between social dislocation, narcissism, and "post truth". Everything is Permitted, Restrictions Still Apply will appeal to all readers interested in history, politics, and socio-cultural analysis,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Thurston
ISBN: 9780429432101 0429432100 9780429777981 0429777981 9780429777998 042977799X 9780429777974 0429777973
OCLC Number: 1044733669
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; Acknowledgements; About the author; Introduction; 1 Psychoanalytic perspectives on subjectivity; 2 Narcissism and loss; 3 Embodied experience; 4 Psychoanalytic perspectives on social dislocation and group regression; 5 Destructive narcissism in history --
Norman Cohn's study of millennialism; 6 Imagined communities --
a historicised psychoanalytic perspective on the rise of nationalism; 7 The downfall of destructive narcissism; 8 Historical and psychoanalytic perspectives on Nazism. 9 From the post-war settlement to the end of history10 Lost worlds --
the unmourned past as a psychic retreat; 11 Problems with the defence; 12 Subjectivism, postmodernism, and identity politics; 13 A culture of narcissism?; 14 Marketisation and subjectivism in mental health care --
the importance of the paternal function; 15 From dyadic to triadic --
the postmodern turn in psychotherapy; 16 Not in our name!; 17 Everything is permitted, restrictions still apply; 18 Post-crash, post-truth; 19 Conclusion --
a plea for a measure of universalism; References; Index.
Responsibility: Ian Thurston.

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This book applies historicised psychoanalytic thinking in a non-reductive way to better understand the dominant emotional trends in contemporary cultural and socio-political life, with a specific focus on the relationship between social dislocation, narcissism, and "post truth". Everything is Permitted, Restrictions Still Apply will appeal to all readers interested in history, politics, and socio-cultural analysis, and in new ways of thinking about contemporary issues. It will be of particular interest to researchers applying a psycho-social perspective on contemporary conflict and to a psychoanalytically informed readership. Rapid social dislocation and change are ubiquitous in late capitalist societies, though these processes may be felt unequally. Following the work of the late Christopher Lasch, Everything is Permitted, Restrictions Still Apply suggests there are powerful narcissistic trends in contemporary life mitigating against the capacity to acknowledge and face these changes; in other words, against the capacity to face reality and to mourn. There is a tendency to assert the primacy of a compelling emotional narrative over the claims of evidence and expertise, and to relate to others, past and present, as alternately idealised and/or denigrated aspects of the self. These trends permeate across socio-cultural divides and the political spectrum? underpinning phenomena as apparently divergent as free-market fundamentalism, certain forms of anti-capitalism, and contemporary identity and victim politics of both nominal right and left: movements that have more emotional and intellectual underpinnings in common than their proponents may care to admit. The contrast between liberal progressiveness and post-truth populism ignores the inter-relationship of these phenomena and begs the question of those powerful subjectivist and relativistic trends amongst sections of radical and "progressive" opinion that have long sought to problematise the very notion of truth. This book links these phenomena to contemporary social defences against facing limitation, loss, and internal conflict. More specifically it argues that in a pseudo-therapeutic culture preoccupied with narratives of victimhood, the losses associated with "traditional" manufacturing and its attendant associational cultures have neither been acknowledged nor mourned.

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