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    Fantasmatic transactions: on the persistence of Apartheid ideology

    Hook, Derek (2008) Fantasmatic transactions: on the persistence of Apartheid ideology. Subjectivity 24 (1), pp. 275-297. ISSN 1755-6341.

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    Apartheid ideology presents traditional historiography with a series of conundrums: the difficulty of separating historical from subjective agency; the paradoxical status of ideologues who both author ideology and are nonetheless also subject to the spread of its ideas; the issues of the non-material benefits that appear to drive its ideological system. Taking as its starting point J.M. Coetzee's reflections on these issues, this paper builds on his promising intuition of the notion of “fantasmatic rewards” as a crucial explanatory element in understanding the “mind of apartheid”. Crucial in this respect are a number of Lacanian concepts (desire, the Other, fantasy, objet petit a, alienation and separation). Recourse to these notions enables us to provide a series of responses to the above dilemmas of apartheid ideology. Such concepts, moreover, arguably do greater conceptual justice to the inter-implication of the Other and the subject, that is, to the inter-implication of the trans-subjective socio-historical substance and unconscious subjectivity.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): apartheid, ideology, desire, Other, agency, fantasy
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2013 12:50
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:06


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