A Lacanian psychoanalytic interpretation of conflict in Northern Ireland

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Title: A Lacanian psychoanalytic interpretation of conflict in Northern Ireland
Authors: Millar, Adrian
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2158
Date: 2001
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the power of Lacanian theory to bring to light the unconscious dynamics at work in the formation of ethno-national political identities. I begin by identifying the need for a Lacanian approach to communal identity. I then apply Lacanian psychoanalysis to interviews I have carried out into republicans and loyalists in Belfast, Northern Ireland, highlighting what it is both communities are in denial of as they constitute their self-interpretations. I point out how such denial helps sustain or reproduce relations of domination. I conclude that Lacanian psychoanalysis enhances our understanding and study of inter-religious and ethno-national conflicts and can be readily applied in conflict management.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies
Copyright (published version): The author, 2001
Keywords: PsychoanalysisEthnicityIdentityNorthern Ireland
Subject LCSH: Psychoanalysis
Ethnopsychology
National characteristics
Social conflict--Northern Ireland
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: Revised version of a paper presented at the International Association for Conflict Management 14th International Conference, “Towards a Dialogue between Conflict Theories and Practices Across Paradigms and Cultures”, ESSEC Business School, Cergy, France, 24-27 June 2001
Appears in Collections:Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) Working Papers and Policy Papers

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