Provides a critical introduction to early American sociology
Suggests fundamental points of departure to rethink the psychoanalytic contribution to American sociology
Calls for a return to the tradition of "Grand Theory"
Part of the book series: The Palgrave Lacan Series (PALS)
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Table of contents (6 chapters)
About this book
In this Palgrave Pivot, Duane Rousselle aims to disrupt the hold that pragmatist ideology has had over American sociology by demonstrating that the social bond has always been founded upon a fundamental and primordial bankruptcy. Using the Lacanian theory of “capitalist discourse,” Rousselle demonstrates that most of early American sociology suffered from an inadequate account of the “symbolic” within the mental and social lives of the individual subject. The psychoanalytic aspect of the social bond remained theoretically undeveloped in the American context. Instead it is the “image,” a product of the imaginary, which takes charge over any symbolic function. This intervention into pragmatic sociology seeks to recover the tradition of “grand theory” by bringing psychoanalytical and sociological discourse into fruitful communication with one another.
- Lacanian psychoanalysis
- American sociology
- symbolic interaction
Authors and Affiliations
Grand Valley State University, Allendale, USA
About the author
Duane Rousselle is Visiting Professor of Sociology at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, USA. He is the author of Lacanian Realism: Clinical and Political Psychoanalysis and Post-Anarchism: A Reader. He maintains a private practice in Lacanian psychoanalysis.
Book Title: Jacques Lacan and American Sociology
Book Subtitle: Be Wary of the Image
Authors: Duane Rousselle
Series Title: The Palgrave Lacan Series
Publisher: Palgrave Pivot Cham
eBook Packages: Behavioral Science and Psychology, Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-19725-4Published: 04 June 2019
eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-19726-1Published: 24 May 2019
Series ISSN: 2946-4196
Series E-ISSN: 2946-420X
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: IX, 97
Number of Illustrations: 2 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
Topics: Sociological Theory, Social Psychology, Sociology of Culture