Sheldon George and Derek HookOct 8, 2021
Lacan and Race
Racism, Identity, and Psychoanalytic Theory
Derek Hook and Sheldon George's Lacan and Race: Racism, Identity and Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2021) is a path-breaking edited volume that draws upon Lacanian psychoanalytic theory to examine the conscious and unconscious forces underlying race as a social formation. In my conversation with Derek and Sheldon, touching on the main themes of the volume, we explore the problems with popular psychological conceptualisations of racism, the promises and pitfalls of bringing Lacanian concepts like jouissance to bear on historical phenomena, and the possibility of a Lacanian anti-racist politics.
Jordan Osserman is a postdoctoral research fellow and psychoanalyst in training in London. He can be reached at email@example.com.