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Social Theory, Psychoanalysis and Racism

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Simon Clarke
    Pages 11-27
  3. Simon Clarke
    Pages 28-42
  4. Simon Clarke
    Pages 43-58
  5. Simon Clarke
    Pages 59-78
  6. Simon Clarke
    Pages 123-145
  7. Simon Clarke
    Pages 169-175
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 176-198

About this book


Sociological explanations of racism tend to concentrate on the structures and dynamics of modern life that facilitate discrimination and hierarchies of inequality. In doing so, they often fail to address why racial hatred arises (as opposed to how it arises) as well as to explain why it can be so visceral and explosive in character. Bringing together sociological perspectives with psychoanalytic concepts and tools, this text offers a clear, accessible and thought-provoking synthesis of varieties of theory, with the aim of clarifying the complex character of racism, discrimination and social exclusion in the contemporary world.


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About the authors

SIMON CLARKE is Associate Director of the Centre for Psycho-Social Studies, CESER Research Fellow, and Lecturer in Sociology at the University of the West of England. He has published widely on the psychoanalytic understanding of racism, ethnic hatred and social exclusion, and is Associate Editor of the Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Social Theory, Psychoanalysis and Racism
  • Authors Simon Clarke
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2003
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-96117-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-96118-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-09957-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 198
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Personality and Social Psychology
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