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On Mourning Social Injury


This article offers a fundamental revision of the Freudian model of mourning and melancholia in order to render these psychoanalytic concepts flexible enough to describe the processes by which individuals and groups manage experiences of social injury such as racism, misogyny, homophobia and economic exploitation. “On Mourning Social Injury” argues that political hope is, in essence, a social form of mourning.

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Correspondence to Seth Moglen.

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Moglen, S. On Mourning Social Injury. Psychoanal Cult Soc 10, 151–167 (2005).

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  • mourning
  • melancholia
  • trauma
  • modernism
  • politics