By Nancy Caro Hollander
In our post-9/11 atmosphere, our feel of relative protection and balance as privileged topics residing within the center of Empire has been profoundly shaken. Hollander explores the forces that experience introduced us to this severe juncture, studying the function performed through the neoliberal financial paradigm and conservative political schedule that emerged within the West over the last 4 many years with devastating results for the hemisphere's electorate. Narrative tales of innovative U.S. and Latin American psychoanalysts light up the mental meanings of residing below authoritarian political stipulations and convey how a psychoanalysis "beyond the sofa" contributes to social struggles on behalf of human rights and redistributive justice. via interrogating issues regarding the mutual results of social energy and beliefs, huge crew dynamics and subconscious fantasies, impacts and defenses, Hollander encourages reflections approximately our adventure as social/psychological topics.
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Moreover, a mass-mediated culture promulgated ubiquitous narratives and images of violence that mirrored and stimulated cycles of violence in homes, at the workplace, in schools, and on the streets (Hollander & Gutwill, 2006). As cultural critic Mark Dery suggests, in The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium (1999), the mass media landscape was collapsing the sublime and annunciating the obscene, the horrific, and the hilarious, in which “thermonuclear weapons systems and soft drink commercials coexist in an overlit realm ruled by advertising and pseudoevents, science and pornography” (p.
S. democracy and totalitarian fundamentalism. Most citizens could uncritically identify with the ideological assumptions underlying Bush’s crusade. That is, citizens were unconsciously identified with the hegemonic ideological justifications of the Scared stiff 13 policies instituted by the powerful who rule this nation. S. hegemony, all the while it functioned to cover over the psychological experience of individual and group decentering, vulnerability, and discontinuity provoked by 9/11. An aggressive foreign policy justified as self-defense protected us against the narcissistic injury of impotence and helplessness triggered by the terrorist attacks, and in so doing, ideology worked.
Since hegemonic values are taken as natural, our conscious awareness about them is preempted and we are habituated to them. In Lacanian philosopher Slavoj Zizek’s words, “They do not know it, but they are doing it” (Myers, 2003, p. 63). ” It is present in every tissue and cell of society—and it is also constantly reproduced and replenished by daily routine conduct. (Haugaard, 2008, p. 112) This discussion raises the important question of how we can account for the capacity of citizens to disengage from hegemony to develop a critical ideological position about their lived experience that counters the “official story” of those who rule.
Uprooted Minds: Surviving the Politics of Terror in the Americas by Nancy Caro Hollander