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


Edited ByYannis Stavrakakis

part Part I|63 pages


chapter 1|12 pages

Sigmund Freud

ByStephen Frosh

chapter 2|13 pages

Melanie Klein

ByR. D. Hinshelwood

chapter 3|13 pages

Jacques Lacan

ByDominiek Hoens

chapter 4|10 pages

Wilhelm Reich

ByChristopher Turner

chapter 5|13 pages

Carl Jung

ByPeter T. Dunlap

part Part II|56 pages


chapter 6|12 pages

Marcuse and the Freudian Left

ByDouglas Kellner

chapter 7|12 pages

Lacanian Left

BySean Homer

chapter 8|15 pages

Psychoanalytic Feminism

ByLisa Baraitser

chapter 9|15 pages

Critical Management Studies

ByAlessia Contu

part Part III|111 pages


chapter 10|12 pages

Superego and the Law

ByTodd McGowan

chapter 11|11 pages

(Liberal) Narcissism

ByRobert Samuels

chapter 12|12 pages

Affect and Emotion

ByCandida Yates

chapter 13|13 pages


ByMarshall Alcorn

chapter 14|12 pages


ByMatthew Sharpe, Kirk Turner

chapter 15|9 pages

Identification (With the Aggressor)

ByJay Frankel

chapter 16|13 pages

Mourning and Melancholia

ByClaudia Lapping

chapter 17|12 pages

Language and Discourse

ByEd Pluth

chapter 18|15 pages

Collective Subjects

ByCampbell Jones

part Part IV|104 pages


chapter 19|10 pages


ByEran Dorfman

chapter 20|11 pages


ByC. Fred Alford

chapter 21|13 pages


ByDerek Hook

chapter 22|11 pages


ByAmanda Machin

chapter 23|11 pages


BySamo Tomšič

chapter 24|9 pages

Choice and Consumerism

ByRenata Salecl

chapter 25|14 pages

Religion and Islamic Radicalization

ByAndrea Mura

chapter 26|11 pages


ByPaula Biglieri, Gloria Perelló

chapter 27|12 pages


ByCecilia Sjöholm

part Part V|104 pages

Challenges and Controversies

chapter 28|14 pages

Psychoanalytic Geopolitics

ByDany Nobus

chapter 29|11 pages

Psy Ethics

ByIan Parker

chapter 30|12 pages


ByValerie Walkerdine

chapter 31|13 pages

Migration and Diversity

ByNikolay Mintchev, Henrietta L. Moore

chapter 32|12 pages


ByA. Kiarina Kordela

chapter 33|12 pages

The Climate Crisis

BySally Weintrobe

chapter 34|14 pages


ByOlivier Jutel

chapter 35|14 pages

Posthuman Identities

ByAnthony Elliott