The emerging field of ‘psychoanalytic political theory’ has now reached a stage in its development and rapid evolution that deserves to be registered, systematically defined and critically evaluated. This Handbook provides the first reference volume which showcases the current state of psychoanalytic political theory, maps the genealogy of its development, identifies its conceptual and methodological resources and highlights its analytical innovations as well as its critical promise. The Handbook consists of 35 chapters offering original, comprehensive and critical reviews of this field of study. The chapters are divided into five thematic sections:

  • Figures discusses the work of major psychoanalytic theorists who have influenced considerably the development of psychoanalytic political theory.
  • Traditions genealogically recounts and critically reassesses the many attempts throughout the 20th century of experimenting with the articulation between psychoanalysis and political theory in a consistent way.
  • Concepts asks what are the concepts that psychoanalysis offers for appropriation by political theory.
  • Themes presents concrete examples of the ways in which psychoanalytic political theory can be productively applied in the analysis of racism, gender, nationalism, consumerism, etc.
  • Challenges/Controversies captures the ways in which psychoanalytic political theory can lead the way towards theoretical and analytical innovation in many disciplinary fields dealing with cutting-edge issues.

The Routledge Handbook of Psychoanalytic Political Theory will serve as scholarly reference volume for all students and researchers studying political theory, psychoanalysis, and the history of ideas.

chapter |15 pages


part I|63 pages


chapter 1|12 pages

Sigmund Freud

chapter 2|13 pages

Melanie Klein

chapter 3|13 pages

Jacques Lacan

chapter 4|10 pages

Wilhelm Reich

chapter 5|13 pages

Carl Jung

part II|56 pages


chapter 6|12 pages

Marcuse and the Freudian Left

chapter 7|12 pages

Lacanian Left

chapter 8|15 pages

Psychoanalytic Feminism

chapter 9|15 pages

Critical Management Studies

part III|111 pages


chapter 10|12 pages

Superego and the Law

chapter 11|11 pages

(Liberal) Narcissism

chapter 12|12 pages

Affect and Emotion

chapter 13|13 pages


chapter 14|12 pages


chapter 15|9 pages

Identification (With the Aggressor)

chapter 16|13 pages

Mourning and Melancholia

chapter 17|12 pages

Language and Discourse

chapter 18|15 pages

Collective Subjects

part IV|104 pages


chapter 19|10 pages


chapter 20|11 pages


chapter 21|13 pages


chapter 22|11 pages


chapter 23|11 pages


chapter 24|9 pages

Choice and Consumerism

chapter 25|14 pages

Religion and Islamic Radicalization

chapter 26|11 pages


chapter 27|12 pages


part V|104 pages

Challenges and Controversies

chapter 28|14 pages

Psychoanalytic Geopolitics

chapter 29|11 pages

Psy Ethics

chapter 30|12 pages


chapter 32|12 pages


chapter 33|12 pages

The Climate Crisis

chapter 34|14 pages


chapter 35|14 pages

Posthuman Identities