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  • © 2003

Social Theory, Psychoanalysis and Racism


  • An ambitious synthesis of sociological and psychoanalytic theories of racism
    Conceptual debates illustrated systematically throughout with applied case studies
    Brings together debates from both sides of the Atlantic, ensuring the book's appeal as a unique survey of an underexplored field

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-x
  2. The Concept(s) of Race(s) and Racism(s)

    • Simon Clarke
    Pages 11-27
  3. New Racism(s) for Old

    • Simon Clarke
    Pages 28-42
  4. Sociology, Racism and Modernity

    • Simon Clarke
    Pages 43-58
  5. Freud, Racism and Psychoanalysis

    • Simon Clarke
    Pages 59-78
  6. Melanie Klein, Racism and Psychoanalysis

    • Simon Clarke
    Pages 123-145
  7. Conclusion

    • Simon Clarke
    Pages 169-175
  8. Back Matter

    Pages 176-198

About this book

Sociological explanations of racism tend to concentrate on the structures and dynamics of modern life that facilitate discrimination and hierarchies of inequality. In doing so, they often fail to address why racial hatred arises (as opposed to how it arises) as well as to explain why it can be so visceral and explosive in character. Bringing together sociological perspectives with psychoanalytic concepts and tools, this text offers a clear, accessible and thought-provoking synthesis of varieties of theory, with the aim of clarifying the complex character of racism, discrimination and social exclusion in the contemporary world.


  • character
  • complex
  • Frankfurt School
  • Hierarchie
  • identity
  • Melanie Klein
  • Nation
  • psychoanalysis
  • social theory
  • sociology

About the author

SIMON CLARKE is Associate Director of the Centre for Psycho-Social Studies, CESER Research Fellow, and Lecturer in Sociology at the University of the West of England. He has published widely on the psychoanalytic understanding of racism, ethnic hatred and social exclusion, and is Associate Editor of the Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society.

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