Social Theory Since Freud: Traversing Social Imaginaries

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Social Science - 185 pages
This compelling book 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. In this compelling book, Anthony Elliott traces the rise of psychoanalysis from the Frankfurt School to postmodernism. Examining how pathbreaking theorists such as Adorno, Marcuse, Lacan and Lyotard have deployed psychoanalysis to politicise issues like desire, sexuality, repression and identity, Elliott assesses 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 sociological and psychoanalytic perspectives. Drawing in particular from the thought of key contemporary psychoanalytic thinkers such as Julia Kristeva, Jean Laplanche and Cornelius Castoriadis, Social Theory Since Freud opens the way for a new approach to the creativity of action
 

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Anthony Elliott is Professor of Social and Political Theory at the University of the West of England, where he is Director of the Centre for Critical Theory.

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