Psychoanalysis, Culture and Contemporary Discontents: A Time of Technology, Fanaticism and Pandemics - Ricardo Alejandro Rubinstein


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.

Publisher: Routledge

Published: October 2022

Format: Paperback

Pages: 138

Dimensions: 15.6 x 0.81 x 23.4 cm

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