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“Signifying Contortions” attempts to account for Bush's credibility by reflecting on three psychological processes that lead people to tolerate the misleading and contradictory discourse of a leader. Laplanche's theory of the way children process the “enigmatic signifiers” coming from their...
This essay is concerned with ways in which primal psychic relations, socio‐economic structures, and political imperatives have collaborated in the production of othering relations that have supported Bush's war on terror. Drawing on the psychoanalytic conception of the “third,” the authors...
This essay focuses on the US use of depleted uranium in Iraq as a war crime repressed by the media. The use of this weaponry is seen as continuous with the death drive that shapes American society. The essay argues that in order to understand this condition we must overcome all the ideological...
This article offers a fundamental revision and expansion of the Freudian model of object loss in order to develop conceptual tools for analyzing contemporary American militarism and its political alternatives. The Bush administration's so‐called “war on terror” rests on the disavowal of losses...
This article uses aspects of psychoanalytic theory to explain how the convergence of unconscious mechanisms and ideology in the post‐9/11 political culture enabled the US government to secure consensual support for domestic and foreign policies that attack democracy and make the world more...
Long‐term and recent sociopolitical trends in the USA pull for narcissistic ways of fashioning the self and relating to others. Discourses that sustain a split between capacities for autonomy and capacities for attachment, and discourses that sustain a split between individuals and their social...
In the US, the 9/11 attacks resulted in the instantaneous crystallization of a paranoid group formation, functioning as defense – not against the real dangers of the situation – but rather against an underlying, identity‐shattering state of psychotic panic. This regressed collective emotional...
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