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    Relationality in a time of surveillance: narcissism, melancholia, paranoia

    Frosh, Stephen (2016) Relationality in a time of surveillance: narcissism, melancholia, paranoia. Subjectivity 9 , pp. 1-16. ISSN 1755-6341.

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    Abstract

    This paper explores apparent shifts in the cultural use of psychoanalytic concepts, from narcissism, through melancholia, to paranoia. It tries to track these shifts, very loosely, in relation to changes in sociocultural and political atmospheres, noting that none of the shifts are complete, that each one leaves previous states of being and of mind at least partially in place. Narcissism was perhaps the term of choice for examining the problem of forging relationships that feel meaningful in a context of rapid change and neoliberal expansion; then melancholia was (and is) drawn on to conceptualise the challenge of confronting loss and colonial ‘theft’; and now the annexation of the polity – and of everyday life – by massively insidious surveillance produces a culture and subjecthood that is fundamentally, and understandably, paranoid.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Subjectivity. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/sub.2015.19
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Narcissism, melancholia, paranoia, surveillance, psychoanalysis
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
    Research Centre: Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics (MAMSIE)
    Depositing User: Stephen Frosh
    Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2016 13:43
    Last Modified: 18 Jun 2017 01:05
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/13296

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