The Politics of Impossibility: A Socio-Symbolic Analysis of Society, the Subject, Identification, and Ideology

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dc.contributor.author Dodson, Thomas A
dc.date.accessioned 2010-10-21T20:10:57Z
dc.date.issued 2003
dc.identifier.citation Dodson, Thomas A. 2003. The politics of impossibility: A socio-symbolic analysis of society, the subject, identification, and ideology. Master's Thesis, Ohio State University. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:4505804
dc.description.abstract The present study seeks to explain why every discursive articulation of society must fail both to constitute itself as a closed totality and to fully symbolize and give meaning to individual subjects. It further seeks to explain how this symmetrical lack in society and the social agent contributes to our understanding of the multiple and flexible structures of ideological (dis)identification. This model of society and the subject will draw primarily from the discourse-theoretical analytics developed by Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe and extended by others. Often referred to by the terms "discourse theory" or "hegemony theory," this body of work applies semiotics, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, and post-Gramscian Marxism to contemporary social struggles. The present study also draws significantly from Lacanian psychoanalysis and from those theorists (notably Yannis Stavrakakis and Slavoj Zizek) who have begun to articulate a distinctively Lacanian political theory. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
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dc.subject Jacques Derrida en_US
dc.subject Jacques Lacan en_US
dc.subject psychoanalysis en_US
dc.subject poststructuralism en_US
dc.subject deconstruction en_US
dc.subject schizoanalysis en_US
dc.subject Marxism en_US
dc.subject logic of equivalence en_US
dc.subject subjection en_US
dc.subject subjectivity en_US
dc.subject identification en_US
dc.subject ideology en_US
dc.subject discourse en_US
dc.subject undecidability en_US
dc.subject social fantasy en_US
dc.subject symbolic order en_US
dc.subject desire en_US
dc.subject society en_US
dc.subject totalization en_US
dc.subject field of discursivity en_US
dc.subject Ernesto Laclau en_US
dc.subject Slavoj Zizek en_US
dc.subject Chantal Mouffe en_US
dc.subject Yannis Stavrakakis en_US
dc.subject hegemony en_US
dc.title The Politics of Impossibility: A Socio-Symbolic Analysis of Society, the Subject, Identification, and Ideology en_US
dc.type Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.description.version Author's Original en_US
dash.depositing.author Dodson, Thomas A
dc.date.available 2010-10-21T20:10:57Z

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