Social Theory & Psychoanalysis in Transition: Self and Society From Freud to Kristeva

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 232. Reviews the book, Social Theory & Psychoanalysis in Transition: Self and Society from Freud to Kristeva by Anthony Elliott (1992). The author examines the relevance of psychoanalysis for creating new interpretive strategies for critical social theory in relation to the self, self-identity, and subjectivity, asserting that the relationships between the psyche and social field and between the self and society have not yet been adequately formulated. Elliott proposes reformulations that emphasize the importance of the imaginary and the unconscious as key concepts through which issues about the self and self-identity, ideology, power, sexual difference, and gender may be generated. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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