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Psychoanalysis, Politics and the Postmodern University

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Part of the Critical Political Theory and Radical Practice book series (CPTRP)

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About this book

Introduction

Critical theory draws on Marxism, psychoanalysis, postmodern and poststructuralist theorists. Marxism and psychoanalysis are rooted in the Enlightenment project, while postmodernism and poststructuralism are more indebted to Nietzsche, whose philosophy is rooted in anti-Enlightenment ideas and ideals. Marxism and psychoanalysis contributed mightily to our understanding of fascism and authoritarianism, but were distorted and disfigured by authoritarian tendencies and practices in turn. This book, written for clinicians and social scientists, explores these overarching themes, focusing on the reception of Freud in America, the authoritarian personality and American politics, Lacan’s “return to Freud,” Jordan Peterson and the Crisis of the Liberal Arts, and the anti-psychiatry movement. 

Daniel Burston is Associate Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University, USA, and the author of numerous books and papers on the history of psychology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis. 

Keywords

Authoritarianism anti-Semitism Freud Jung Lacan postmodernism psychiatry psychotherapy alienation Jordan Peterson Marx Heidegger anti-psychiatry Nietzsche Erich Fromm

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyDuquesne UniversityPittsburghUSA

About the authors

Daniel Burston is Associate Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University, USA, and the author of numerous books and papers on the history of psychology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Psychoanalysis, Politics and the Postmodern University
  • Authors Daniel Burston
  • Series Title Critical Political Theory and Radical Practice
  • Series Abbreviated Title Critical Political Theory and Radical Practice
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-34921-9
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-34920-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-34923-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-34921-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 184
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Psychology, general
    Political Theory
    Political Philosophy
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Reviews

“Burston’s book is an outstanding work of scholarship in which he favourably reviews Wilhelm Reich and Erich Fromm’s contention that ‘sadomasochism and authoritarianism are not confined to the extreme Right … . Burston endorses the mode of rational authority needed by democratic entities, which is the one that promotes competence and mutual respect.” (Ann Casement, Journal of Analytical Psychology, Vol. 66 (1), 2021)