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    Mass psychology and psychosocial assemblies

    Frosh, Stephen (2022) Mass psychology and psychosocial assemblies. Group Analysis 55 (3), pp. 325-341. ISSN 0533-3164.

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    In the hundred years since Freud’s Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego was published, much has changed and much has stayed the same. This article explores the resonance of Freud’s book with contemporary issues around inclusion and exclusion, masses and assemblies, and the question of how a practice of ethical relationality can emerge across a shared social terrain. Drawing on concepts from psychosocial studies and leaning especially on Judith Butler’s recent work on assemblies and on grievability, I argue that patterns of division and exclusion, notably along racialised lines, emerge from insistently violent responses to vulnerability. Understanding the intricate intersection between what are usually differentiated as ‘personal’ and social’ domains in ways recognisable within group analysis, is an important move towards contesting this violence and towards a situation in which all lives become grievable.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): assembles, grievability, group psychology, psychosocial studies, racism
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Stephen Frosh
    Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2022 05:29
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:17


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