Reflecting on the study of psychoanalysis, culture and society: the development of a psycho-cultural approach.

Yates, C., 2018. Reflecting on the study of psychoanalysis, culture and society: the development of a psycho-cultural approach. Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, 23 (1), pp. 54-67.

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Abstract

This article discusses the development of a psycho-cultural approach that brings together object relations psychoanalysis and cultural studies to explore the psycho-dynamics of culture, politics and society. While foregrounding the work of Donald Winnicott and other psychoanalysts influenced by his ideas, I contextualise that approach by tracing my own relationship to the study of psychoanalysis and culture since I was a Cultural Studies student in the 1980s and 1990s and also my engagement with the psychoanalytic scene that existed in London at that time. I have since applied a psycho-cultural lens to the study of masculinity and emotion in cinema and more recently to the study of emotion and political culture in Europe and the US. The article provides an example of that work by discussing the populist appeal of Donald Trump in the US and Nigel Farage in the UK, where the contradictory dynamics of attachment, risk and illusion are present when communicating with their supporters and the general public

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1088-0763
Uncontrolled Keywords:emotion; Winnicott; political culture; political communication; psycho-cultural methodology
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:30351
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:15 Feb 2018 12:59
Last Modified:25 Apr 2018 11:58

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