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Stephen Frosh

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Chapter 5: Psychoanalysis, Identity and Citizenship

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Psychoanalysis, Identity and Citizenship
Psychoanalysis, identity and citizenship

Upon what is citizenship based? In discussions about rights and responsibilities, obligations and entitlements, belonging and participation, a set of questions keeps insisting: how does one imagine oneself in connection with a community, a culture or a nation? What is it that allows one to feel part of a social order, able to take up ‘citizenship’, neither excluded nor excluding oneself? What emotions and fantasies insert themselves into the process of being so that citizenship is not an abstract notion, another fashionable academic category about to dissolve, but instead contains something material and ‘real’ inside it? If the concept of citizenship is to be more than a simple totting up of rights and duties, it needs to embrace ...

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