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The Lacanian Left: Psychoanalysis, Theory, Politics

Yannis Stavrakakis


In recent years psychoanalysis – especially Lacanian theory – has been gradually acknowledged as a vital resource in the ongoing re-orientation of contemporary political theory and analysis. Of particular note is that the work of Jacques Lacan is increasingly being used by major political philosophers associated with the Left. This indicates the dynamic emergence of a new theoretico-political horizon: that of the ‘Lacanian Left’. The Lacanian Left systematically follows and discusses this emergence and draws its implications for concrete political analysis.It offers: An accessible mapping of i ... More

Keywords: Lacan, Left, Enjoyment, Affect, Discourse, Power, Consumption, Post-democracy, Negativity, Psychoanalysis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780748619801
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619801.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yannis Stavrakakis, author