Lene Auestad: Respect, Plurality, and Prejudice: A psychoanalytical and philosophical enquiry into the dynamics of social exclusion and discrimination
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Respect, Plurality, and Prejudice (2015) is a well-thought-out interdisciplinary work that provides us with a critical and much-needed analysis of the contemporary condition humaine, and the othering, discriminatory and objectifying processes that seem to have haunted—and are alas still haunting—humanity.
Philosopher Lene Auestad in this book interestingly enough does not focus on the legal side nor on the traditional sociological side of the current debate about racism and various types of discrimination, but rather looks at the underlying unconscious forces and structures that make up the phenomena of xenophobia, anti-Semitism, islamophobia, homophobia and sexism. Making use of philosophical, psychosocial and psychoanalytical perspectives—and object-relations theory in particular (see, e.g. Klein 1923; Winnicott 1953)—the author not succeeds at giving us a nuanced, detailed overview of how social prejudices, and the discrimination and violence that often tend to accompany the...
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