Democracy and the Political Unconscious

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This book's cross- and interdisciplinary features raise the bar for democracy and make it a hell of a read. I'm on comfortable ground one moment and then find myself in comparatively unfamiliar territory the next. Les mer
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This book's cross- and interdisciplinary features raise the bar for democracy and make it a hell of a read. I'm on comfortable ground one moment and then find myself in comparatively unfamiliar territory the next. Noelle McAfee unpacks our collective lives as we live them and charts a more hopeful way forward. -- Alison Kadlec, Public Agenda Foundation Drawing on the theoretical frameworks of psychoanalysis, semiotics, and critical theory, Noelle McAfee illuminates some of the most pressing and difficult questions confronting democratic societies today. In a realistic yet hopeful manner, her book shows how these resources can be deployed to reconstruct public spheres. -- Vincent Colapietro, Liberal Arts Research Professor of Philosophy, Penn State University In her forcefully written book, Democracy and the Political Unconscious, Noelle McAfee raises the stakes of political theory--not only bodies and resources, but the very souls or psyches of people hang in the balance. Always informed by concrete events, McAfee's provocative thesis that public discourse can become a form of 'talking cure' explodes psychoanalysis onto the scene of democratic theory in startling and promising ways. -- Kelly Oliver, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University

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Acknowledgments Introduction: The Sociosymbolic Public Sphere 1. The Political Unconscious 2. Modernity's Traumas 3. Targeting the Public Sphere 4. The Repetition Compulsion or the Endless War on Terror 5. Recovering Community 6. Deliberative Democracy 7. Feminist Theory, Politics, and Freedom 8. Public Knowledge 9. Three Models of Democratic Deliberation 10. The Limits of Deliberation, Democratic Myths, New Frontiers 11. Media and the Public Sphere Epilogue Notes Works Cited Index

Om forfatteren

Noelle McAfee is a visiting associate professor of philosophy at George Mason University and the associate editor of the Kettering Review. Her previous publications include Habermas, Kristeva, and Citizenship; Julia Kristeva; and most recently a special issue of Hypatia on feminist engagements in democratic theory.