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Title: Shamanism and everydaylife : an account of personhood, identity and bodily knowledge amongst the Tanabag Batak of Palawan, the Philippines
Author: Novellino, Dario.
Awarding Body: University of Kent at Canterbury
Current Institution: University of Kent
Date of Award: 2003
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This thesis is concerned with the historical emergence of nationalism and how this phenomenon can be interpreted through the ideas of Lac anian psychoanalysis. The issues to which it is primarily addressed are those of historical change and continuity in the emergence of a new collective subjectivity, and the localized manifestation of this collective subject. The aim of the application of psychoanalysis to these issues is to produce a theoretical account of the metamorphosis of identity and subjectivity that is a crucial aspect of social and political modernity. Chapter 1 examines theories of nationalism and modernity produced by Tom Nairn, Ernest Gellner, Marshall Berman and Benedict Anderson, and develops the way in which the thesis takes cognisance of this body of scholarly work and the terms in which it seeks to innovate upon it. Chapter 2 involves an elaboration of the Lacanian category of the Imaginary that considers both its utility and limitations for the study of nationalism, while Chapter 3 develops upon the categories of Symbolic and Real to produce the account of national subjectivity that informs the rest of the thesis. Chapter 4 examines the sources contributing to the formation of English nationalism in the eighteenth-century, especially the work of Linda Colley in this field, and Chapter 5 examines the way in which this identity coalesces in response to French republicanism, concentrating upon Edmund Burke's formulation of these events. Chapter 6 develops a further examination of the components of English nationalism and its contrast with the French republican tradition with the intention of outlining how psychoanalysis can provide ~ useful explanatory model for interpreting these divergent responses to social and political modernity.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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