Perversions of Fascism

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Karnac Books, Dec 2, 2009 - Psychology - 384 pages
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Contemporary versions of evil demonise modern "fascists", "totalitarian threats", and "Hitlers". As if not obscure enough, fascist evil has been equivocally linked with perversion. This book reveals that both fascism and perversion implicate the non-symbolisable kernel in politics, which becomes the source of their mystification. It argues that the fascist does not take the same discursive position as the pervert does, regarding this symbolic gap.Antonio Vadolas develops a new rhetoric, de-pathologised and de-ideologised, regarding the structure of the so-called pervert, introducing new vocabularies and directions for psychoanalytic research that further distance the pervert, or whom he calls the "extra-ordinary subject", from fascist politics and, instead, exposes his diachronic "fascist" isolation from the social edifice. This reveals the fruitful alternatives that can stem from a "return to Freud cum Lacan", which supports a flexible on-going reformulation of psychoanalytic knowledge.

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Antonios Vadolas is a Lecturer in the MA in Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Society at Brunel University. He also teaches Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Therapeutic Cultures in Goldsmiths College, University of London. In the last decade he has extensively studied and published in the field of Lacanian theory.

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