Marxism and Psychoanalysis

Marxism and Psychoanalysis : In or against Psychology?

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The intellectual traditions initiated by Freud and Marx have enabled a range of scholars to critically reflect upon the ideological foundations upon which modern and now postmodern western societies rest. In this intriguing book, the discipline of Psychology itself is screened through the twin dynamics of Marxism and psychoanalysis. David Pavon-Cuellar asks to what extent the terms, concerns and ambitions of Psychology reflect, in fact, the dominant bourgeois ideology that has allowed it to flourish. The book charts a gradual psychologization within society and culture dating from the nineteenth century, and examines how the ideals within mainstream psychology - creating good citizens or productive workers - sit uneasily against Marx and Freud's ambitions of revealing fault-lines and contradictions within individualist and consumer-oriented social structures. The aspiration of Psychology as positivist nature science has been the source of extensive debate, critical voices asserting the social and cultural contexts through which the human mind and behavior should be understood. This challenging new book provides another voice that, in addressing two of the most influential intellectual traditions of the past 150 years, widens the debate still further to examine the foundations of Psychology more

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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 19.05mm | 408.23g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138916560
  • 9781138916562

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"David Pavon-Cuellar provides an impressive account of the Freudian contribution to the critique of capitalism and of the Marxist contribution to the theory of mental apparatus. His engagement with the variety of historical and theoretical attempts to bring together Marxism and psychoanalysis fills a notable gap in the existing scholarship. Most importantly, Pavon-Cuellar reminds us that resistance to capitalism is a laborious process, a process of working through the layers of ideological mystifications of devastation caused by capitalism in all registers of human reality. Resistance of capitalism begins at the level of organization of thought, which means that a critique of economic doctrines is anything but complete without a rigorous critique of psychology." Samo Tomsic, Humboldt University Berlin and author of The Capitalist Unconscious: Marx and Lacanshow more

About David Pavón-Cuéllar

David Pavon-Cuellar is a Professor in the Faculty of Psychology at the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo, Morelia, Mexico. He is a member of the Discourse Unit and belongs to the Editorial Boards of Annual Review of Critical Psychology, Psychotherapy and Politics International, Teoria y Critica de la Psicologia and Revista Marxismos: Educacion, Politica y more

Table of contents

Preface. Introduction: in or against psychology? 1. Marxian Psychologies 2. Marx and Freud 3. From psychoanalysis to psychologisation 4. Psychology and its critique in Marxism 5. Marxist Psychologies 6. Marxism, psychoanalysis and critique of psychology 7. Towards a Critical Metapsychology 8. Critique as praxisshow more

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