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A fascinating collection that casts a psychoanalytic lens over what is happening in today’s world with the rise of fundamentalism, prejudice, fascism, and neoliberalism. With compelling contributions from Christopher Bollas, Michael Rustin, Jonathan Sklar, David Bell, Philip Stokoe, Roger Kennedy, David Morgan, M. Fakhry Davids, Ruth McCall, R. D. Hinshelwood, Renée Danziger, Josh Cohen, Sally Weintrobe, and Steven Groarke, this book gives food for thought on many complex issues.
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David Morgan will chair the 2022 Political Mind Series, held over Zoom from 10 May – 19 July.
The Political Mind
Paperback, e-Book, Print & e-Book
Political Theory, Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Theory
Traumatic events happen in every age, yet there is a particularly cataclysmic feeling to our own epoch that is so attractive to some and so terrifying to others. The terrible events of September 11th 2001 still resonate and the repercussions continue to this day: the desperation of immigrants fleeing terror, the uncertainty of Brexit, Donald Trump in the White House, the rise of the alt-right and hard left, increasing fundamentalism, and terror groups intent on causing destruction to the Western way of life. If that were not enough, we also have to grapple with the enormity of climate change and the charge that if we do not act now, it will be too late. Is it any wonder many are left overwhelmed by the events they see on the news?
Galvanised by the events outside of his consulting room, in 2015, David Morgan began The Political Mind seminars at the British Psychoanalytical Society and their successful run continues today. A series of superlative seminars, mostly presented by colleagues from the British Society plus a few select external experts, that examine a dazzling array of relevant topics to provide a psychoanalytic understanding of just what is going on in our world. This book is the first in The Political Mind series to bring these seminars to a wider audience.
The Unconscious in Political and Social Life contains compelling contributions from Christopher Bollas, Michael Rustin, Jonathan Sklar, David Bell, Philip Stokoe, Roger Kennedy, David Morgan, M. Fakhry Davids, Ruth McCall, R. D. Hinshelwood, Renée Danziger, Josh Cohen, Sally Weintrobe, and Margot Waddell. They investigate so many vital issues affecting us today: the evolution of democracy, right-wing populism, prejudice, the rise of the far right, attitudes to refugees and migrants, neoliberalism, fundamentalism, terrorism, the Palestine-Israel situation, political change, feminism, austerity in the UK, financial globalisation, and climate change.
This book needs to be read by all who are concerned by the state of the world today. Psychoanalysis and psychoanalysts with their awareness of what motivates human beings bring clarity and fresh insight to these matters. A deeper understanding of humanity awaits the reader of The Unconscious in Political and Social Life.
David Morgan is a consultant psychotherapist and psychoanalyst fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He is also a training analyst supervisor at the British Psychoanalytic Association, and a lecturer recognised nationally and internationally. He co-edited Violence, Delinquency and Perversion (2007) and has authored many publications and chapters, most recently ‘Inflammatory Projective Identification in Political and Economic Terrorism’ in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2018), as well as ‘The Return of the Oppressed’, a speech given at the Warsaw EPF Conference (2018). He is currently a director of Public Interest Psychology Ltd as well as a member of the IPA committee on Humanitarian Organisations. He has been the chair of ‘Political Minds & Frontier Psychoanalyst’, a radio broadcast series on Resonance FM.
ABOUT THE EDITOR AND CONTRIBUTORS
Where have all the adults gone?
The democratic state of mind
Understanding right-wing populism
Europe in dark times: some dynamics in alterity and prejudice
Neoliberalism is bad for your mental health
Toleration of Strangers
Inflammatory projective identification in fundamentalist religious and economic terrorism
Psychoanalysis and Palestine-Israel: a personal angle
M. Fakhry Davids
Psychoanalysis and feminism: a modern perspective
Reflection or action: and never the twain shall meet
R. D. Hinshelwood
“We’re all in it together”: austerity’s myth
A psycho-politics of the slacker
Climate change: the moral dimension
Managing difficult children: psychoanalysis, welfare policy, and the ‘social sector’
FIRING THE MIND MEMBERS