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Citation

Hollander NC. Psychoanal. Self Context 2018; 13(4): 368-377.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2018, Informa - Taylor and Francis Group)

DOI

10.1080/24720038.2018.1499290

PMID

unavailable

Abstract

The author explores torture as one component of the regressive policies implemented within the context of political authoritarianism. She illustrates her contention with two disparate examples: the Argentine military dictatorship from 1976 to 1983 and U.S. constitutional democracy in the post 9/11 era and the post-Trump electoral victory. She analyzes the social matrix of neoliberal ideology and institutions that are internalized to become aspects of psychic reality. The bystander phenomenon is examined in light of how psychological dynamics intersect with social forces and hegemonic ideology to create passive citizens who tend to behave in their own self-interest rather than respond to the suffering of others. The psi professions are interpreted as resources for hegemony unless practitioners are critically committed to an ethical stance capable of challenging the prevailing status quo.


Language: en

Keywords

authoritarianism; bystander; defenses; hegemony; neoliberalism; torture

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