Politics and the Impossible: Beyond Psychoanalysis and Deconstruction

Glyn Daly

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This article focuses on the recent work of Slavoj Žižek and his extensive critique of poststructuralism and deconstruction from a Lacanian perspective. In this context, it examines Žižek's provocative approach to questions of social reality, ideology and nationalism, and explores the potential of such an approach for an analysis of crucial themes in British political culture. In addition, the article investigates the nature of the encounter between psychoanalysis and deconstruction — and especially where explicit referral is made to the terrain of politics — with a view to breaking the apparent deadlock that has emerged. Through the development of a post-Marxist critique, it is argued that an alternative perspective can be formulated which combines the insights of both psychoanalysis and deconstruction and, at the same time, is able to transcend the limitations of each.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-98
Number of pages24
JournalTheory, Culture and Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 1999


  • Zizek
  • Lacan
  • Ideology
  • Jouissance
  • Nationalism
  • Deconstruction
  • Radical Democracy


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