In recent years psychoanalysis -- especially Lacanian theory -- has been gradually acknowledged as a vital resource in the ongoing re-orientation of contemporary political theory and analysis. Of particular note is that the work of Jacques Lacan is increasingly being used by major political philosophers associated with the Left. This indicates the dynamic emergence of a new theoretico-political horizon: that of the 'Lacanian Left'. However, this has yet to be properly conceived and structured as a field. The Lacanian Left is the first book to bring it into academic consciousness and to draw its implications for concrete political analysis in a systematic way. It offers: * An accessible mapping of its main contours. * A detailed examination of the points of convergence and divergence between the major figures active or at the periphery of this terrain, including Slavoj h the central Lacanian notion of 'enjoyment', The Lacanian Left puts forward innovative analyses of political power and authority, nationalism, European identity, consumerism and advertising culture, de-democratisation and post-democracy.
It will be of value to everyone interested in exploring the potential of psychoanalysis to reinvigorate political theory, critical political analysis and democratic politics.
Yannis Stavrakakis is Associate Professor of Political Science at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Theoretical Studies in the Humanities and the Social Sciences at the University of Essex. He is the author of Lacan and the Political (1999) and co-editor of Discourse Theory and Political Analysis (2000) and Lacan and Science (2002).
Introduction: Locating the Lacanian Left; PART I; Theory: Dialectics of Disavowal; Chapter 1. Antinomies of Creativity: Lacan and Castoriadis on Social Construction and the Political; Chapter 2. Laclau with Lacan: Negotiating the Affective Limits of Discourse; Chapter 3. Zizek's 'Perversion': The Lure of Antigone and the Fetishism of the Act; Excursus on Badiou; PART II; Analysis: Dialectics of Enjoyment; Chapter 4. What Sticks? From Symbolic Power to Jouissance; Chapter 5. Enjoying the Nation: A Success Story?; Chapter 6. Lack of Passion: European Identity Revisited; Chapter 7. The Consumerist 'Politics' of Jouissance and the Fantasy of Advertising; Chapter 8. Democracy in Post-Democratic Times.