Metapsychological approaches to exclusion

Davidoff, Jonathan (2012) Metapsychological approaches to exclusion. In: Psychoanalysis and politics: Exclusion and the politics of. Karnac, London, pp. 47-63. ISBN 97817804-0076

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Tackling the phenomenon of exclusion from a psychoanalytic viewpoint presents scholars with many difficulties. Ethically, it is a very compelling subject wherein any step taken and felt to be correct immediately turns out to be an insufficient account of the problem. The problem is: how to choose what to include and what to exclude from what is said. This is precisely the question I pose, not only to myself when being in a state of perplexity, but in the light of the present psychoanalytic investigation. I will take a preliminary detour into French psychoanalytic thinking with Piera Aulagnier's "metapsychology" in order to find the necessary discourse to find the way through this thorny subject. First I will explore her metapsychology, and then by bowing to French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan and Greek philosopher and psychoanalyst Comelius Castoriadis, I will explore the notions of exclusion and violence. I will do so by looking at them as they appear from three distinct perspectives. First, I will explore them as they appear in the act of representation; second, in the closure of meaning in social institutions; and third, I will attempt to describe the metapsychological dynamics of exclusion and violence from an intrapsychic perspective as they may unfold in an inter-subjective situation. This threefold perspective replicates the movement of the analysis from the representational to the social and from thence to situating the "subjective".

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Metapsychology, Psychoanalysts, Metapsychological approaches, Preliminary Detour, Psychoanalytic Investigation
Subjects: Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Psychoanalysis
Department/People: Visiting Lecturer

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