A few good men: psychoanalysis, Abu ghraib and (the) American right

Sharpe, Matthew 2005, A few good men: psychoanalysis, Abu ghraib and (the) American right, Psychoanalysis, culture & society, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 168-185.

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Title A few good men: psychoanalysis, Abu ghraib and (the) American right
Author(s) Sharpe, Matthew
Journal name Psychoanalysis, culture & society
Volume number 10
Issue number 2
Start page 168
End page 185
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan Ltd
Place of publication Basingstoke, England
Publication date 2005-08
ISSN 1088-0763
1543-3390
Keyword(s) Abu ghraib
Zizek
superego
fantasy
liberalism
Summary This essay proffers a psychoanalytic reading of the events of Abu Ghraib as deeply symptomatic of changes in American foreign policy and political culture. The paper examines the Lacanian understanding of group formation developed by Slavoj Zizek in his work on politics and culture (in Part I), and then applies this understanding to the Abu Ghraib scandal (Part II). In Part III, implications of the analysis are elaborated, in terms of Zizek's contention that the contemporary "permissive society" engenders in subjects the desire for new forms of mastery or "moral clarity".


Language eng
Field of Research 160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©Palgrave Macmillan Ltd 2005
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003299

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of International and Political Studies
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