Psychoanalysis, Culture and Contemporary Discontents: A Time of Technology, Fanaticism and Pandemics

Author(s) : Ricardo Alejandro Rubinstein

Psychoanalysis, Culture and Contemporary Discontents: A Time of Technology, Fanaticism and Pandemics

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : September 2022
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 128
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  • Catalogue No : 96809
  • ISBN 13 : 9781032276328
  • ISBN 10 : 9781032276
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Ricardo Rubinstein explores the contemporary culture and its discontents – including subjectivity, fanaticism, panic attacks, technology, and pandemics – through a psychoanalytic lens.

Each chapter considers an aspect of modern society and attempts to unpick these complex facets of the world we live in. Psychoanalytic understandings of the triggers and socio-environmental factors of panic attacks, the inner worlds of people attracted to fanatical beliefs and risky behaviors, and our dependence on technology for our most vital activities are explored in an accessible way. Rubinstein also considers the restrictions put in place on the lives of millions of people as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and examines human adaptation to restrictive conditions. ,Psychoanalysis, Culture and Contemporary Discontents is illustrated throughout with clinical vignettes from the author’s practice.

This psychoanalytic exploration of a diverse range of topical issues will be of interest to psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists in practice and in training. It will also be relevant for academics and students of sociology and cultural studies and to readers interested in understanding cultural concerns in more depth.

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'Psychoanalysis will grow by working at the interfaces with the other cultural realms in which we practice it. Going beyond its limits or boundaries especially challenges the prejudices surrounding moving away from "caricatures" and the "typical cure", and allows us to explore uncharted territories... Starting from the clinical work in its different modalities, the topics examined here are fanaticism, prejudice, violence, discrimination (especially racism), education, politics in the world, among others. I personally know the author and am well aware of his wide-ranging interests. To be presented in English and in a prestigious collection will bring him closer to readers in many countries.' - Dr Abel Mario Fainstein, Former President of Argentine Psychoanalytic Association (APA) and Former President of Latin American Psychoanalytic Federation (FEPAL).

About the Author(s)

Ricardo Alejandro Rubinstein is a doctor, psychiatrist, training psychoanalyst of the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association, and full member of the International Psychoanalytical Association. He has also been a Professor at the Center of Psychoanalytical Teaching. He is the author of Sports on the Couch, which is also available in Spanish and Romanian.

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