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On giving and taking offence

Baraitser, Lisa (2008) On giving and taking offence. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society 13 (4), pp. 423-427. ISSN 1088-0763.

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This reply to the commentaries takes up the issue of “giving and taking offence” and draws on Judith Butler's analysis of “excitable speech” to explore the productivity as well as the impact of injurious speech. The paper then briefly examines the psychoanalytic frame and the various readings of transference that arise from thinking psychoanalytically beyond the clinical setting. Laplanche's notion of “unbinding” is clarified as belonging to this context. The argument for the specificity of the functioning of the transference in different domains is reiterated, and it is argued that psychoanalytic sensitivity requires paying attention to the way the research act throws us off the psychoanalytic subject. The paper ends with Butler's feminist notion of conversation as “a mode of doing something together and becoming otherwise”.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): injurious speech, transference, psychosocial studies, unbinding, feminism
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 12 May 2011 14:02
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:18

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