Psychoanalytic Mythologies

Psychoanalytic Mythologies

By Ian Parker

Key Issues in Modern Sociology

‘Psychoanalytic Mythologies’ presents a collection of essays on the theme of what it is to be a human subject in a culture permeated by psychoanalytic imagery.

Paperback, 140 Pages

ISBN:9780857289964

January 2011

£25.00, $40.00

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About This Book

‘Psychoanalytic Mythologies’ presents a collection of essays on the theme of what it is to be a human subject in a culture permeated by psychoanalytic imagery. The author disturbs the strongly-held belief of those in thrall to psychoanalysis that it is universally true, and this thesis forms the recurrent motif that binds these essays together. Instead he argues that psychoanalysis functions as something that is only ever locally true. These arguments are elaborated upon in a range of contexts, from night clubs, garages and trains to theme parks, magic circles and yoga, and the different strands are distilled into a cohesive thesis in the definitive final essay ‘Psychoanalytic Myth Today’.

The essays presented here were initially published in scattered newsletters and journals, and were written intermittently in a period stretching back over ten years. Ian Parker has written widely in this area, and these lively and innovative essays taken together form a searing manifesto against the accepted dogmas of psychoanalysis.

Reviews

‘In this innovative work, Parker attempts to replicate the structure of Roland Barthes’ seminal ‘Mythologies’. His strategy in doing this is to demonstrate how psychoanalytic discourse is all around us, in society and in culture, influencing our lives, and discoverable in the most unexpected places. He presents a series of short, anecdotal and observational chapters (much in the style of Barthes) in which these processes are revealed. This works very well as both an engaging reading experience and a persuasive mode of argument.’ —Graeme Pedlingham, ‘The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory’ 2011

Author Information

Ian Parker is Professor of Psychology in the Discourse Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Series

Key Issues in Modern Sociology

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Points of view; Making love to my ego; The pinball project; Psychopolitical cults; The wet group; Interpersonal skills; Learn and enjoy; Another language; English identity, Ireland and violence; Racing Diana’s subjects; Personal response under attack; In Disney’s world; Looking to the future, and back;   Windows on the mind; Soap trek; Clubbing; E and me; Garage nightmares; Helpless in Japan; Greek chairs; Open secrets; Passé; Psychoanalytic Myth Today

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