Psychoanalytic Accounts of Consuming Desire: Hearts of Darkness by John Desmond

Psychoanalytic Accounts of Consuming Desire: Hearts of Darkness

byJohn Desmond

Hardcover | November 28, 2012

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Seeks to connect the reader to the scope and majesty of Freud's vision. Most chapters focus on one of his key texts before discussing the topics more widely in relation to other authors and to consumer research. Explanations by Melanie Klein, Jacques Lacan and René Girard, among others are selectively discussed in relation to a range of topics including: sexuality, aggression, narcissism, mourning, excess, lack, freedom and hysteria. While not motivated to rehabilitate psychoanalysis, a subsidiary aim is to introduce discussion of the usefulness of psychoanalytic understandings of concepts such as identification, the unconscious, mourning, narcissism, lack and hysteria in relation to consumer desire. It also aims to provide a flavour of Freud's connection to ancient philosophy through works such as Plato's Symposium and to the arts. Finally it selectively discusses how psychoanalytic ideas were interpreted by others, for better and for worse, during the twentieth century.

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JOHN DESMOND is a reader in Management at the University of St Andrews, UK.
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Title:Psychoanalytic Accounts of Consuming Desire: Hearts of DarknessFormat:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.05 inPublished:November 28, 2012Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230252192

ISBN - 13:9780230252196

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Introduction and Acknowledgements
Dreams
Sexuality
Mastery and Self-Control
Narcissism
Death
Lack
Freedom
Hysteria