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Introduction

  • Raluca Soreanu
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Part of the Studies in the Psychosocial book series (STIP)

Abstract

Soreanu discusses a common spectre that haunts social and psychoanalytic theories: that of the ‘mob’, the irrational crowd, the destructive or regressed collective. She approaches this spectre from the angle of a psychoanalytic theory of recognition and she proposes a trauma theory that accounts for the social life of psychic fragments. Soreanu also argues for the importance of a psychosocial ethnography that traces the precision of the creativities of the collective, in relation to its traumatic wounds. The collective discussed here is one that is able to mourn, to create symbols, and to organise complicated scenes of re-enactment. The chapter also argues that Sándor Ferenczi’s voice is important for filling some of the phenomenological gap that exists in psychoanalysis around the problem of psychic splitting.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raluca Soreanu
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  1. 1.Department of Psychosocial StudiesBirkbeck CollegeLondonUK

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