The Ideology of Hatred:The Psychic Power of Discourse
The Psychic Power of Discourse
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Fordham University Press
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The movement in circular fashion from the individual subject to society is self-evident to me. Psychology and sociology, as I see them, are not two different modes of perception, not even two points of view. The psyche and the social always operate in tandem and form who we are as subjects and who we...
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Years before 9/11, living and working in Israel, I was perplexed by the diverse and mostly invisible workings of the word “hatred” and its place in national rhetoric and politics. When in 1989 I accidentally came upon about 400 letters of hate mail written by Jewish fundamentalists and sent to members of...
1. Hatred and Its Vicissitudes
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After the two world wars and the Holocaust, how is it possible that at the end of the twentieth century and beginning of the twenty-first century we have come to witness so much hatred toward the Other? Obviously, as Hardt and Negri have pointed out, globalization (the new politics of proximity...
2. The Political Unconscious
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In this chapter I focus on developing the concept of the political unconscious.1 My main purpose is methodological: to establish the relations between discourse and the unconscious or, more precisely, to outline the unconscious elements of discourse and draw attention to the power of unconscious...
3. The Mechanisms of Social Idealization and Splitting
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Many who have studied conflict and reconciliation believe in the power of dialogue and discussion between neighbors, communities, or nations as a necessary process toward renouncing violence and ending conflict. Lately scholars have added to their list of recommendations public confessions,...
4. The Lure of Proximity and the Fear of Dependency
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The response of hatred in reaction to a hidden fear of personal and collective dependency is perhaps intuitive yet not obvious. In psychoanalysis the connections between dependency and hatred is a common idea recognized as part of the oedipal drama of development. The dependency of the child...
5. From Justice to Political Friendship
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What is the relation of hatred to friendship? Following the logic that possible means (strategies and techniques) and possible ends (violence or peace) are not always directly connected, this chapter attempts to suture the working of hatred with the possibility of political friendship in a present tense....
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Publication Year: 2012