A Deeper Cut: Further Explorations of the Unconscious in Social and Political Life

Editor : David Morgan

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A Deeper Cut: Further Explorations of the Unconscious in Social and Political Life

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Providing a continuing deeper understanding of world events and humanity itself to all those concerned by the state of the modern world. Building on the bestselling The Unconscious in Social and Political Life, the first book in the Political Minds series, A Deeper Cut investigates such vital issues as left and right populisms, colonialism and racism, social care for the mentally ill, manipulation of the masses in the third world, Alice Miller on family politics, diversity, Orwellian thinking, trade unions, religious fundamentalism, NHS politics, activism, and tyranny.

Featuring compelling contributions from Lord Alderdice, Elizabeth Cotton, Tomasz Fortuna, Stephen Frosh, Samir Gandesha, Mary Joan Gerson, Mary Joan Gerson, Roger Hartley, Luisa A. Passalacqua Carenati, Kate Pugh, Marco Puricelli, Edgard Sanchez, Elisabeth Skale, David Livingstone Smith, and Margot Waddell.

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‘A Deeper Cut, with its studies of race, anti-Semitism, populism, and the New Right, illuminates the power of the unconscious in group life. It shows that psychoanalysis, once relegated to therapeutic practice, has become an exciting form of social thought.’
Eli Zaretsky, Professor of History, New School for Social Research

‘The focus of this book is on a deeper understanding of the world in which we live. Societal and political events examined and explained include colonialism, racism, societal and national divisions, the emergence of right-wing parties in Europe, religious fundamentalism, street gangs, trade union activities, and mental health services. Psychoanalysts and psychoanalytically informed contributors also explore the psychology of whistle-blowers, how certain traumatic experiences in childhood affect the development of cruel political leaders’ personality organisation, the impact of different losses on societal movements, the relationship between internal values and external rules, and psychoanalytic activism. Reading this far-reaching book will be an enriching experience and I believe it will help the reader think about how the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic will influence shared human behaviour.’
Vamik D. Volkan, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, President Emeritus of International Dialogue Initiative, past President of International Society of Political Psychology

‘As with the first volume, this book offers us a valuable way to approach politics and delivers – as the title says – a deeper cut.’
Rachael McKeown, psychodynamic counsellor, SCAP no. 141 (Summer 2021) sussex-counselling.co.uk

‘I highly recommend this book; it has helped me to keep thinking while listening to the news, to recognise projective patterns in political events, to value complexity over splitting, and, above all, to treasure negative capability – the capacity to tolerate uncertainty.’
Jane Cooper, former senior counsellor at the University of Cambridge – Therapy Today

Table of Contents




David Morgan

Understanding right and left populisms
Samir Gandesha

“Ill fares the land”: reflections on The Merchant of Venice—a tale for modern times
Margot Waddell

Psychoanalysis, colonialism, racism
Stephen Frosh

Consultancy on deregistration to a care home for the long-stay mentally ill: you can take Stig out of the dump, but can you take the dump out of Stig?
Liz Greenway

Power and the manipulation of the masses: Third World perspectives
Edgard Sanchez Bernal

Whistle-blowers—moral good or self-interest? The psychological dimensions of defying a perverse or corrupt authority
David Morgan

Alice Miller on family, power, and truth
Luisa Passalacqua and Marco Puricelli

Diversity: notes from the inside and from the outside
Tomasz Fortuna

George Orwell: politics and the avoidance of reality
Roger Hartley

In the union: the psychodynamics of solidarity
Elizabeth Cotton

On the psychology of religious fundamentalism
Lord John Alderdice

The politics of NHS psychiatry
Kate Pugh

Psychoanalytic activism: historical perspective and subjective conundrums
Mary-Joan Gerson

The rise of the new right: psychoanalytic perspectives
Elisabeth Skale

Lord of the flies: a psychoanalytic view of the gang and its processes
(Winner of the 2020 Gavin MacFadyen Memorial Essay Prize)
Mark Stein


About the Editor(s)

David Morgan is a Psychoanalyst with the British Psychoanalytical Society and Consultant Psychotherapist at the Portman Clinic in London.

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