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The Lacanian LeftPsychoanalysis, Theory, Politics$
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Yannis Stavrakakis

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748619801

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619801.001.0001

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Democracy in Post-Democratic Times

Democracy in Post-Democratic Times

(p.254) 8 Democracy in Post-Democratic Times
The Lacanian Left

Yannis Stavrakakis

Edinburgh University Press

This concluding chapter puts forward a Lacanian responseto the de-democratising or ‘post-democratic’ trends in late capitalistsocieties. A Lacan-inspired re-activation of the democratic revolution – always alert to the continuous interpenetration of negative and positive, lack and excess – can combine a consistently democratic ethics of the political with a passion for real transformation, able to stimulate the body politic without reoccupying the dangerous utopian fantasies of the old Left. Nevertheless, the prospects of such a project also depend on its ability to couple its institutionalisation of lack with another, non-phallic jouissance, capable of gradually displacing or limiting dominant administrations of enjoyment (such as the ones discussed in previous chapters) and of opening up the space for the pursuit of a better future beyond utopian fantasies of wholeness and completeness.

Keywords:   Democracy, Post-democracy, Female jouissance, Mourning, Lack

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