A new volume, entitled, D.W. Winnicott and Political Theory: Recentering the Subject, has been released in hardcover and electronic formats by Palgrave Macmillan.

The volume was edited by Matt Bowker (Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Humanities) and Amy Buzby and features contributions from some of today’s most accomplished psycho-social theorists. It also contains an introduction and a chapter on the relationship between privation and privacy written by Dr. Bowker.

In all, the volume makes a case that the thought of D.W. Winnicott may be used to develop a rudimentary political theory of the subject, the uncovering, elaboration and extension of which could be of import in advancing the contemporary theories not only of politics but of a wide range of disciplines within the humanities and social sciences.
This theory revolves around the psychic needs of the nascent subject and the premise that healthy, developed subjectivities, subjective capacities and intersubjective norms are defensible political ideals. Put somewhat differently: the capacities most feared and hated in the monadic political subject—namely, the subject’s potential for withdrawal and isolation, for aggression, for a kind of domineering self-sovereignty and for the use and abuse of others — are close to (although not identical to) those capacities that must be cultivated in developing a psychologically healthy individual.

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