D.W. Winnicott and Political Theory

Recentering the Subject

  • Matthew H. Bowker
  • Amy Buzby

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Matthew H. Bowker, Amy Buzby
    Pages 1-34
  3. The Subject’s Creation: Aggression, Isolation, and Destruction

  4. The Subject Faced with Deprivation and Disaster

  5. Revitalizing the Subject of Political Theory

  6. Intersubjectivity, Justice, and Equality

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 357-378

About this book


In this volume, the work of British psychoanalyst D.W. Winnicott is set in conversation with some of today’s most talented psychodynamically-sensitive political thinkers. The editors and contributors demonstrate that Winnicott’s thought contains underappreciated political insights, discoverable in his reflections on the nature of the maturational process, and useful in working through difficult impasses confronting contemporary political theorists. Specifically, Winnicott’s psychoanalytic theory and practice offer a framework by which the political subject, destabilized and disrupted in much postmodern and contemporary thinking, may be recentered. Each chapter in this volume, in its own way, grapples with this central theme: the potential for authentic subjectivity and inter-subjectivity to arise within a nexus of autonomy and dependence, aggression and civility, destructiveness and care. This volume is unique in its contribution to the growing field of object-relations-oriented political and social theory. It will be of interest to political scientists, psychologists, and scholars of related subjects in the humanities and social sciences.


Political Theory Psychoanalysis D.W. Winnicott Object Relations Psychosocial Studies Politics Critical Theory Social Theory Democracy children father political science political theory politics school

Editors and affiliations

  • Matthew H. Bowker
    • 1
  • Amy Buzby
    • 2
  1. 1.Medaille CollegeBuffaloUSA
  2. 2.Arkansas State UniversityJonesboroUSA

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