Colonization Of Psychic Space: A Psychoanalytic Social Theory Of Oppression
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Colonization Of Psychic Space: A Psychoanalytic Social Theory Of Oppression

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We are, Julia Kristeva writes, strangers to ourselves; and indeed much of contemporary theory describes the human condition as one of alienation. Eloquently arguing that we cannot explain the development of individuality or subjectivity apart from its social context, Kelly Oliver makes a powerful case for recognizing the social aspects of alienation and the psychic aspects...more
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Published October 15th 2004 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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I appreciated that Kelly Oliver attempts to bring in how racist colonialism negatively affects the psyche of racialized minorities...and how classical psychoanalaysis never looks into this at all. She attempts to fill this gap.

However, I found the book a little repetitive and found myself struggling with the fact that she needed to confine her analysis to using white Eurocentric philosophers and psychoanalysts (with the exception of Fanon and a brief usage of Julia Alvarez) to explain to classic...more
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Working mostly through Kristeva and Fanon, Oliver develops a psychoanalytic theory of oppression to argue that the fundamental characteristic of subjectivity is not alienation but the capacity to forgive. She takes issue with the Freudian/Lacanian/Hegelian notion of subjectivity that equates being human with the violent entry into the world of language, and instead she argues that this entry presupposes the capacity to forgive oneself for one's singularity; in other words, to be human is to be a...more
Wow -- fantastic book!

It combines philosophy, sociology, and psychology to inquire into how we become oppressed internally. . . and how we rise above it, as well.

Just started it, but I'm loving it. I just hope I don't get super depressed when I read it.

What I like about it is its exactness. This author is precise! I love that.

And, when I was finishing up my undergraduate career in philosophy, I had started to combine sociology and philosophy. Since then, I've studied psychology, so this book i...more
This books gives a fantastic explanation of the psychological affects (and effects) of oppression - both racial and gender. A dense, but great read. I particularly recommend the chapters on gender.
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Kelly Oliver (born 1958) is an American philosopher whose work contributes to the fields of feminism, film theory, media studies, political philosophy, and ethics. She is W. Alton Jones Chair of Philosophy and Professor of Women's Studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Oliver received her PhD in Philosophy from Northwestern University in 1987, and taught in the Philosophy departm...more
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