Discourse unit, psychology, bolton institute, deane road, bolton bl3 5ab, uk abstract discourse analysis presents a challenge to mainstream psychology, but it risks either neglecting individual experience by employing a quasi-behaviourist notion of ‘blank subjectivity’ or folding back into simple humanism through an appeal to ‘uncomplicated subjectivity.
Drawing upon jacques lacan’s psychoanalytic theory and ernesto laclau’s approach to hegemonic politics, solomon argues that prevailing discourses offer subtle but powerfully appealing opportunities for affective investment on the part of audiences. Discourse analysis’ does focus on psychoanalysis, but it does suggest that discourse analysis is the most primary, which, as we shall see, is not always the case. Seeking answers to this question, ty solomon develops a new theoretical approach to the study of affect, identity, and discourse—core phenomena whose mutual interweaving have yet to be fully analyzed in international relations. A particular psycho-discursive strand has emerged, which combines discourse analysis and psychoanalytic theory in an attempt to change both the subject of, and the subjectivity (re)produced by, mainstream psychology.
Next, the author explores the subjectivity and the mode of dealing with jouissance and semblance, which is entailed in a fifth type of discourse, the capitalist discourse, discussed by lacan in 1972 indeed, like the other discourses that lacan discerns, the discourse of the capitalist can be thought of as a mode of dealing with the sexual non-rapport.
In psychoanalytic terms this spontaneous founding gesture corresponds to the freudian death drive and thus involves a pure self-contraction of subjectivity classic text : kant, immanuel. Discourse analysis presents a challenge to mainstream psychology, but it risks either neglecting individual experience by employing a quasi-behaviourist notion of ‘blank subjectivity’ or folding back into simple humanism through an appeal to ‘uncomplicated subjectivity. Intersubjectivity, in philosophy, psychology, sociology, and anthropology, is the psychological relation between people it is usually used in contrast to solipsistic individual experience, emphasizing our inherently social being.
Branney, p (2008) subjectivity, not personality: combining psychoanalysis and discourse analysis social and personality psychology compass, 2 (2) march, pp 574-590. In these psycho-discursive approaches, ‘subjectivity’ replaces personality as the key theoretical construct where the social forms part of who we are and these approaches seem to offer social psychologists the theoretical tools to start to appreciate how individual personality and social context are intimately connected. 26 foucault, subjectivity, and technologies of the self m a r k g e k e l ly in this essay, i analyze foucault’s conception of subjectivity and his history of technolo- gies of the self, the collections of practices by which, on his conception, subjectivity constitutes itself. All of the psychoanalytic theories of which i am aware certainly counter what binkley describes as the versions of subjectivity promoted in neoliberal discourses, that is, theories and practices that have no use for looking within for understanding suffering, for thinking about an individual's problems in the context of relationships, or for any notion of unconscious process that divides the self against the self.
Although only dating from the turn of the last century, the field freud originally founded is privileged in this course which further considers subjectivity properly existing only in a psychoanalytic mode. Next, the author explores the subjectivity and the mode of dealing with jouissance and semblance, which is entailed in a fifth type of discourse, the capitalist discourse, discussed by lacan in 1972. I conclude that while psychoanalysis is a discourse of its time, it can also function as a counter-discourse and can help us understand the effects on subjectivity of a more than thirty year history in the west of repudiating dependency needs and denying interdependence.
Vanheule capitalist discourse, subjectivity and lacanian psychoanalysis figure 2 | discourse of the master, discourse of the hysteric, discourse of the university and discourse of the analyst (based on: lacan, 1972 , p 40.