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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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Lack of Passion: European Identity Revisited

Lack of Passion: European Identity Revisited

(p.211) 6 Lack of Passion: European Identity Revisited
The Lacanian Left

Yannis Stavrakakis

Edinburgh University Press

Why has it proved so difficult to shift, modify or transform the national allegiance of the European peoples and encourage identification with Europe as a whole, with Europeanidentity? How can we effectively account for the rejection ofthe European constitutional treaty in the French and Dutch referenda? The reasons are obviously multiple, but these questions are not unrelated to the whole problematic of jouissance. The European project has been put forward as part of a top-down, technocratic strategy which is devoid of any affective lure. As we have seen in ch. 5, the hegemonic success and longevity of a discourse presupposes an efficient manipulation of enjoyment. When this is lacking – as in the case of European identity – the hegemonic project in question is likely to fail or encounter severe limitations.

Keywords:   Europe, Identity, Nation

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