Ideologies of experience: Trauma, failure, deprivation, and the abandonment of the self

Matthew H. Bowker New York: Routledge, 2016, 172 pp., $45.65 paper, ISBN 978-1-138-18268
  • Kareen MaloneEmail author
Book Review

Ideologies of Experience is a vastly ambitious book, as suggested by its title and demonstrated in the diversity of topics covered in the chapters. The text interrogates certain intellectual and social trends that are preoccupied with trauma and assume an equation of truth with a moment of failing in knowledge, which may be experienced but is beyond articulation. The disintegration of the self that seemingly follows may be traced to many sources, one of which may be the aftermath of post-structuralism or what is today sometimes rather carelessly categorized as postmodernism (see Dews, 1987). The development of a real and theoretical attention to the critical purpose of what is labeled the self is Matthew Bowker’s main concern. Bowker grounds this notion of the self within a number of psychoanalytic approaches, drawing out its importance in tracing the fundamental felt sense of existence that serves as the root of higher functions. However, the self also refers to more nuanced actions,...



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AF, Après Coup Psychoanalytic AssociationNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Professor Emerita, University of West GeorgiaCarrolltonUSA

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