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Psychoanalysis | Social Theory

July 1998 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`I recommend this book to all readers interested in thinking about the self; I am sure that anyone who reads it will come away with some new ideas' - Therapeutic Communities

This critical and comprehensive examination of the relation of theory and identity discusses definitions of identity in classical social theory, modern social theory and psychoanalysis.

The introduction is a critique of existing sociological accounts of identity, arguing that these are incurably cognitive, treating the people that they study as incapable of experiencing an internal life or internal space. The book then considers the implications of this in social theory and human practice.

 
Introduction
Sociology and Identity  
 
PART ONE: IDENTITY, EXPERIENCE AND POLITICS
 
Lukacs
Experience, Identity and Philosophy  
 
The Politics of Experience
 
Psychoanalysis, Experience and Politics
The Problem of Ambivalence  
 
PART TWO: IDENTITY, EXPERIENCE AND SOCIOLOGY
 
Back to Utopia
Giddens and Modern Social Theory  
 
Goffman
Frame Analysis  
 
Masculinity and Male Dominance
 
The Sociology of the Emotions
 
Sociological Literature and Literary Sociology
Some Notes on John Berger's G  
 
PART THREE: IDENTITY, EXPERIENCE AND PSYCHOANALYSIS
 
Freud and Philosophy
 
The Psychodynamics of Theory
 
What's Happening to Mourning?
 
Conclusion
Experiencing Identity  

`I recommend this book to all readers interested in thinking about the self; I am sure that anyone who reads it will come away with some new ideas' - Therapeutic Communities

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