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Psychoanalysis and ecology at the edge of chaos : complexity theory, Deleuze/Guattari and psychoanalysis for a climate in crisis

Author: Joseph Dodds
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book argues that psychoanalysis has a unique role to play in the climate change debate through its placing emphasis on the unconscious dimensions of our mental and social lives. Exploring contributions from Freudian, Kleinian, Object Relations, Self Psychology, Jungian, and Lacanian traditions, the book discusses how psychoanalysis can help to unmask the anxieties, deficits, conflicts, phantasies and defences  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Dodds
ISBN: 9780415666114 0415666112 9780415666121 0415666120
OCLC Number: 676728453
Description: xv, 238 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Climate crisis: psychoanalysis and the ecology of ideas --
Theoretical crisis: complexity as meta-theory --
Ecology at the edge of chaos --
Classical psychoanalysis --
Eco-anxiety and defence --
Object relations theory: a more ecological approach to mind --
Ecopsychology and the greening of psychotherapy --
Ecology without nature: postmodern ecopsychoanalysis --
Becoming-animal and horror --
The zoological imagination --
Entering the nonlinear world --
Psychoanalysis, ecology and complexity --
Deleuze/Guattari and the ecology of mind --
Ecopsychoanalysis and the future of the three ecologies.
Responsibility: Joseph Dodds ; foreword by Martin Jordan.

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"This book argues that psychoanalysis has a unique role to play in the climate change debate through its placing emphasis on the unconscious dimensions of our mental and social lives. Exploring contributions from Freudian, Kleinian, Object Relations, Self Psychology, Jungian, and Lacanian traditions, the book discusses how psychoanalysis can help to unmask the anxieties, deficits, conflicts, phantasies and defences crucial in understanding the human dimension of the ecological crisis. Yet despite being essential to studying environmentalism and its discontents, psychoanalysis still remains largely a 'psychology without ecology.' The philosophy of Deleuze and Guattari, combined with new developments in the sciences of complexity, help us to build upon the best of these perspectives, providing a framework able to integrate Guattari's 'three ecologies' of mind, nature and society. This book thus constitutes a timely attempt to contribute towards a critical dialogue between psychoanalysis and ecology. Further topics of discussion include: ecopsychology and the greening of psychotherapy; our ambivalent relationship to nature and the non-human; complexity theory in psychoanalysis and ecology; defence mechanisms against eco-anxiety and eco-grief; Deleuze/Guattari and the three ecologies; becoming-animal in horror and eco-apocalypse in science fiction films; and nonlinear ecopsychoanalysis. In our era of anxiety, denial, paranoia, apathy, guilt, hope, and despair in the face of climate change, this book offers a fresh and insightful psychoanalytic perspective on the ecological crisis. As such this book will be of great interest to all those in the fields of psychoanalysis, psychology, philosophy, and ecology, as well as all who are concerned with the global environmental challenges affecting our planet's future."--Publisher description.

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"A brilliant integration of psychoanalytic theory with modern mathematics to explain the greatest challenge mankind has ever faced: its capacity to destroy the environment that sustains it. I cannot Read more...

 
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