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    Between fantasy and melancholia: lack, otherness and violence

    Palacios, Margarita (2014) Between fantasy and melancholia: lack, otherness and violence. In: Auestad, L. (ed.) Nationalism and the Body Politic: Psychoanalysis and the Rise of Ethnocentrism and Xenophobia. New International Library of Group Analysis. London, UK: Karnac Books, pp. 225-246. ISBN 9781780491028.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: This volume aims to question the recent revival of neo-nationalist policies in the light of what unconscious fantasies are involved in these developments. It examines both recent movements of right-wing extremism and the way in which rearticulated neo-ethnic ideas have been adopted by main stream politicians and in main stream public discourse. Politicians from other than the right-wing populist parties have tended to resist specific ways of talking that are considered too extremist, rather than their underlying frame of interpretation. Governments across Europe have adopted anti-immigrant and anti-Roma policies. Xenophobia and hostility towards 'others' is on the rise, along with appeals to "Tradition and Security". 'Cultures of fear' are linked with fantasies of fusion or 'imagined sameness'. Alongside the image of the nation as a mother and/or father, Reich (1933) called attention to the fantasy of the nation as a body, echoed in Money-Kyrle's (1939) characterization of 'group hypochondria' in connection with the burning of witches and heretics; "The Church, and State united to it, could tolerate no foreign body within itself, and turned ferociously upon any that it found." To address the current political developments, the volume stresses the urgency of understanding the fantasies and affects which underpin them.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
    Research Centre: Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies, Centre for (CILAVS)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 28 May 2013 11:41
    Last Modified: 12 Dec 2016 13:46
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/7044

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