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Psychoanalytic Accounts of Consuming Desire: Hearts of Darkness

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Psychoanalytic Accounts of Consuming Desire 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. A subsidiary aim of the book is to ...

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Psychoanalytic Accounts of Consuming Desire: Hearts of Darkness

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Overview

Psychoanalytic Accounts of Consuming Desire 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. A subsidiary aim of the book is to introduce a discussion of the usefulness of psychoanalytic understandings of concepts such as identification, the unconscious, mourning, narcissism, lack and hysteria in relation to consumer desire. The book 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230252196
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/7/2012
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN DESMOND is a reader in Management at the University of St Andrews, UK.

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Table of Contents

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

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