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Title D.W. Winnicott and political theory : recentering the subject / Matthew H. Bowker, Amy Buzby, editors.
Imprint New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017]

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Subject Winnicott, D. W. (Donald Woods), 1896-1971.
Winnicott, D. W. (Donald Woods), 1896-1971 -- Political and social views.
Political psychology.
Psychoanalytic Theory.
Political Systems.
Alt Name Bowker, Matthew H.,
Buzby, Amy L., 1984-
Description 1 online resource
Summary In this volume, the work of British psychoanalyst D.W. Winnicott is set in conversation with some of today's most talented psychodynamically-sensitive political thinkers. The editors and contributors demonstrate that Winnicott's thought contains underappreciated political insights, discoverable in his reflections on the nature of the maturational process, and useful in working through difficult impasses confronting contemporary political theorists. Specifically, Winnicott's psychoanalytic theory and practice offer a framework by which the political subject, destabilized and disrupted in much postmodern and contemporary thinking, may be recentered. Each chapter in this volume, in its own way, grapples with this central theme: the potential for authentic subjectivity and inter-subjectivity to arise within a nexus of autonomy and dependence, aggression and civility, destructiveness and care. This volume is unique in its contribution to the growing field of object-relations-oriented political and social theory. It will be of interest to political scientists, psychologists, and scholars of related subjects in the humanities and social sciences.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Notes on Contributors; List of Figures; Chapter 1: Introduction; Recentering theSubject; "Do WeStill Want toBeSubjects?"; Guilt forBeing andNot Being; Winnicottian Interventions; Part I: TheSubject's Creation: Aggression, Isolation, andDestruction; Part II: TheSubject Faced withDeprivation andDisaster; Part III: Revitalizing theSubject of Political Theory; Part IV: Intersubjectivity, Justice, andEquality; Postscript ontheLife andWork ofD.W.Winnicott; Notes; References; Part I: The Subject's Creation: Aggression, Isolation, and Destruction.
Chapter 2: Being andEncountering: Movement andAggression inWinnicottWinnicott's Question; Movement andBeing; The Aggression ofBeing; Psychic Motility andCreativity; Aggression andDestruction; Motility, Aggression, andSocial Life; Notes; References; Chapter 3: The Isolation oftheTrue Self andtheProblem ofImpingement: Implications ofWinnicott's Theory forSocial Connection andPolitical Engagement; Subjectivity andRelating toOthers; The Consequences ofImpingement; Civility andSubjective Causation; Modalities ofRelating; Impingement andtheFantasy ofPolitical Community.
NotesReferences; Chapter 4: The Psychoanalytic Winnicott We Need Now: On the Way to a Real Ecological Thought; Where WeStart From; "The Mother"; Primary Process; What Is Psychoanalytic? Abiding Paradox; Abiding Not Knowing; A Taste forSeparation inSingularly Loving Earthly Life; References; Part II: The Subject Faced with Deprivation and Disaster; Chapter 5: Playing 'Riot': Identity inRefuge-Absent Child Narratives inthe2013 Hindu-Muslim Riots inMuzaffarnagar, India; Locale oftheEnvironment: TheRelief Camp atKandhla, Muzaffarnagar.
Play intheRelief Camp: 'The Sugarcane Escape' and'The Loyal Swine'The Loyal Swine; An Identity inRefuge; A Delinquent Hope ofFinding theMother; Fractured Concern inMuslim Guilt; The Sugarcane Escape; Finding theFather in(In)Destructible Environments; Playing Riot: TheMuslim Experience; Winnicottian Experience atKandhla: Finding theMuslim Experience; Identity ofExperience; Keeping theChild Alive: Playing; Conclusion; References; Chapter 6: Safety inDanger andPrivacy inPrivation: Ambivalent Fantasies ofNatural States Invoked inReaction toLoss; Privation andDeprivation.
The State ofNature"Born Free"; Imagining theSelf andIts Absence; Safeties andDangers; Trauma, the"Natural" Self, andtheGood; Notes; References; Chapter 7: "Out Like aLion": Melancholia withEuripides andWinnicott; The Other Calamity: Manhood, or "I'm theKing oftheCastle"; The King's Three Bodies; Conclusion; Postlude; Notes; References; Chapter 8: Forgiveness andTransitional Experience; Arendt; What Is Forgiveness?; Wholeness andHolding; Forgiveness Without Repentance?; Forgiveness inTransitional Space; Forgiveness, Hope, andaGood-Enough World; Conclusion; Notes; References.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781137575333 (electronic bk.)
1137575336 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1057/978-1-137-57533-3
OCLC # 971594978
Additional Format Print version: D.w. Winnicott and Political Theory. Palgrave Macmillan 2017 9781137577139 1137577134 (OCoLC)957507986