Law and enjoyment: power, pleasure and psychoanalysis

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Hourigan, Daniel. 2015. Law and enjoyment: power, pleasure and psychoanalysis. Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England. Routledge.
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Law and enjoyment: power, pleasure and psychoanalysis

Book CategoryAuthored book
ERA Publisher ID3137
Authors
AuthorHourigan, Daniel
Number of Pages167
SeriesDiscourses of Law
Year2015
PublisherRoutledge
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxfordshire, England
ISBN9781138815964
9781315746463
Web Address (URL)http://www.tandfebooks.com/action/showBook?doi=10.4324/9781315746463
Abstract

This book advocates, and develops, a critical account of the relationship between law and the largely neglected issue of ‘enjoyment’. Taking popular culture seriously – as a lived and meaningful basis for a wider understanding of law, beyond the strictures of legal institutions and professional practices – it takes up a range of case studies from film and literature in order to consider how law is iterated through enjoyment, and how enjoyment embodies law. Drawing on psychoanalytic theory, this book addresses issues such as the forced choice to enjoy the law, the biopolitics of tyranny, the enjoyment of law’s contingency, the trauma of the law’s symbolic codification of pleasure, and the futuristic vision of law’s transgression. In so doing, it forges an important case for acknowledging and analyzing the complex relationship between power and pleasure in law – one that will be of considerable interest to legal theorists, as well as those with interests in the intersection of psychoanalytic and cultural theory.

Keywordslaw, literature, philosophy, cultural studies
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470207. Cultural theory
500320. Psychoanalytic philosophy
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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