Love, artificiality and mass identification

Show simple item record Hook, Derek 2014-05-13T12:00:08Z 2014-03
dc.description.abstract How are we to understand the phenomenon of mass identification, epitomised in recent exhibitions of national feeling such as that of South Africa’s 2010 Football World Cup celebrations? Rather than focusing on the concepts of discourse and nationalism, or advancing an analysis of empirical data, this paper outlines a conceptual response to the challenge at hand, drawing on the tools of psychoanalytic theory. Three explanatory perspectives come to the fore. Firstly, such exhibitions of mass emotion might be understood as demonstrations of love, as examples of the libidinal ties that constitute and consolidate mass identification. Secondly, the marked artificiality of such displays of emotion and the fact of the ‘externality’ they entail might be seen, paradoxically, to be essential rather than inauthentic or secondary features of the displays in question. Thirdly, we might advance, via Lacan, that many of our most powerful emotions require not only recourse to the field of the inter-subjective, but reference also to the anonymous, ‘fictional’ framework of available symbolic forms. en_US
dc.description.embargo 2015-07-30
dc.description.librarian hb2014 en_US
dc.description.librarian gv2013
dc.description.sponsorship International Social Research and the University of Pretoria en_US
dc.description.uri en_US
dc.identifier.citation Derek Hook (2014) Love, artificiality and mass identification,Psychodynamic Practice: Individuals, Groups and Organisations, 20:2, 128-143, DOI: 10.1080/14753634.2014.894224 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1475-3634 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1475-3626 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/14753634.2014.894224
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Routledge en_US
dc.rights © 2014 Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in Psychodynamic Practice, vol. 20, no.2, pp. 128-143, 2014. doi : 10.1080/14753634.2014.894224 Vehicle System Dynamics is available online at : en_US
dc.subject Ego-ideal en_US
dc.subject Emotion en_US
dc.subject Mass psychology en_US
dc.subject Mass identification en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Collective behavior en
dc.subject.lcsh Social psychology en
dc.subject.lcsh Group identity
dc.title Love, artificiality and mass identification en_US
dc.type Postprint Article en_US

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