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Unconscious Dominions


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Acknowledgments vii
Introduction: Globalizing the Unconscious / Warwick Anderson, Deborah Jenson, and Richard C. Keller 1
Part I. Ethnohistory, Colonialism, and the Cosmopolitan Psychoanalytic Subject
1. Sovereignty in Crisis / John D. Cash 21
2. Denial, La Crypte, and Magic: Contributions to the Global Unconscious from Late Colonial French West African Psychiatry / Alice Bullard 43
3. Geza Rohein and the Australian Aborigine: Psychoanalytic Anthropology during the Interwar Years / Joy Damousi 75
4. Colonial Dominions with the Psychoanalytic Couch: Synergies of Freudian Theory with Bengali Hindu Thought and Practices in British India / Christiane Hartnack 97
5. Psychoanalysis, Race Relations, and National Identity: The Reception of Psychoanalysis in Brazil, 1910 to 1940 / Mariano Ben Plotkin 113
Part II. Trauma, Subjectivity, Sovereignty: Psychoanalysis and Postcolonial Critique
6. The Totem Vanishes, the Hordes Revolt: A Psychoanalytic Interpretation of the Indonesian Struggle for Independence / Hans Pols 141
7. Placing Haiti in Geopsychoanalysis Space: Toward a Postcolonial Concept of Traumatic Mimesis / Deborah Jensen 167
8. Colonial Madness and the Poetics of Suffering: Structural Violence and Kateb Yacine / Richard C. Keller 199
9. Ethnopsychiatry and the Postcolonial Encounter: A French Psychopolitics of Otherness / Didier Fassin 223
Concluding Remarks: Hope, Demand, and the Perpetual / Ranjana Khanna 247
Bibliography 265
Contributors 295
Index 299

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Explores the globalization of the unconscious as a mediating discourse of modern civilization, its discontents, and its others

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Warwick Anderson is a research professor in the Department of History and the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine at the University of Sydney, and a professorial fellow in the Centre for Health and Society at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of Colonial Pathologies: American Tropical Medicine, Race, and Hygiene in the Philippines and The Cultivation of Whiteness: Science, Health, and Racial Destiny in Australia, both also published by Duke University Press.Deborah Jenson is Professor of Romance Studies at Duke University. She is the author of Beyond the Slave Narrative: Politics, Sex, and Manuscripts in the Haitian Revolution and Trauma and Its Representations.Richard C. Keller is Associate Professor of Medical History and the History of Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of Colonial Madness: Psychiatry in French North Africa.


"Unconscious Dominions is a unique, groundbreaking conversation on globalization and psychoanalysis. Internationally respected scholars take on terrific historical questions, vital conceptual puzzles, and pressing social relations in the process of revealing the psychoanalytic unconscious to be both a mobile mechanism of empire and an opportunity for the liberation from empire." Elizabeth A. Povinelli, author of Economies of Abandonment: Social Belonging and Endurance in Late Liberalism "This marvelous collection maps human subjectivities as they have been reshaped by colonialism, to ensure the emergence of a cosmopolitan, psychoanalytic subject and the globalization of the unconscious. Indeed, the editors and the authors propose that the myriad forms of globalization we see around us assume this new cosmopolitan self and so do the new ideas of living with cultural diversities and perhaps even dissent. Both the psychoanalytic subject and the globalized unconscious have their origins in colonial psychiatry and psychoanalysis and both now have to negotiate the diffusion and fragmentation of sovereignties in our times. Unconscious Dominions is fresh, lively, and provocative and can be read as a travelogue on our incomplete journeys into our disowned selves."--Ashis Nandy, author of The Intimate Enemy: Loss and Recovery of Self under Colonialism

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