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Political Freud: A History

Eli Zaretsky


Eli Zaretsky reveals the power of Freudian thought to illuminate the great political conflicts of the twentieth century. Developing an original concept of “political Freudianism,” he shows how twentieth-century radicals, activists, and intellectuals used psychoanalytic ideas to probe consumer capitalism, racial violence, anti-Semitism, and patriarchy. He also underscores the continuing influence and critical potential of those ideas in the transformed landscape of the present. Zaretsky’s conception of political Freudianism unites the two overarching themes of the last century—totalitarianism a ... More

Keywords: Freud, Freudianism, Totalitarianism, Consumerism, mass psychology, the unconscious

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231172448
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231172448.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eli Zaretsky, author
The New School for Social Research