“The Haze” recounts a moment in which a learning-disabled student’s racist comments prompted the author to instinctually evoke various mechanisms of dissociation. In attempting to prevent the moment from gaining momentum—and thus evolve into more than a half-formed assemblage of words and associations—his own consciousness recorded the instance as nothing more than a haze of impressions and half-remembered, half-dismembered fragments. Parker’s analysis utilizes his theory, existential psychoanalytic anthropology, which understands experience as an intricate, intersubjective play of symbols—a play that reverberates through mind, emotion, and culture.
Related Further Reading
- Desjarlais, R. (1994). Struggling along: The possibilities for experience among the homeless mentally ill. American Anthropologist, 96(4), 886–901.Google Scholar
- Parker, D. M. (2015). Sartre and No Child Left Behind: An existential psychoanalytic anthropology of urban schooling. New York, NY: Rowman and Littlefield Press.Google Scholar
- Sartre, J. P. (1993). Being and nothingness: A phenomenological essay on ontology (H. Barnes, Trans.). New York, NY: Washington Square Press. (Original work published 1943)Google Scholar