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By Yan Stavrakakis

Yannis Stavrakakis strikes past the traditional dialogue of the Lacanian inspiration of the topic in a socio-political context, towards an research of the target facet of human event. within the first a part of Lacan and the Political, the writer highlights Lacan's cutting edge realizing of the sociopolitical box and provides an easy and systematic evaluation of the significance of Lanca's different types and theoretical development for concrete political research. the second one half he booklet applies Lacanian thought to express examples of largely mentioned political matters, resembling eco-friendly ideology, the query of democracy and the hegemony of advertisements in modern tradition. Lacan and the Political demonstrates the sizeable power of Lacanian concept to invigorate our attention of the political and should be of curiosity to all who search to extra their realizing of contemporary ideological discourse in politics.

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The field of representation is itself revealed as lacking because it attempts the impossible, that is to say, the representation of something ultimately unrepresentable. Representation is the representation of a real fullness which is always beyond our grasp. Simply put, lack is not marking only the Lacanian subject: the most radical dimension of Lacanian theory lies not in recognising [‘that the Lacanian subject is divided, crossed-out, identical to a lack in a signifying chain’] but in realising that the big Other, the symbolic order itself, is also barré, crossed-out, by a fundamental impossibility, structured around an impossible/traumatic kernel, around a central lack.

39 2 THE LACANIAN OBJECT Dialectics of social impossibility The objective is also lacking My starting point in this chapter is that although the Lacanian subject is of great importance for socio-political theory (some of its political implications were explored in the previous chapter), it is Lacan’s insights on the objective level which reveal the importance of his work for political theory. What must be stressed from the beginning, however, is that this is not some kind of zerosum game; obviously, one doesn’t have to concentrate either on Lacan’s comments on the subjective or on his treatment of the objective, these are not two incompatible approaches.

But instead of transgressing alienation in the direction of acquiring a solid identity, the subject of the signifier, the subject constituted on the basis of the acceptance of the laws of language, is uncovered as the subject of lack par excellence. Already this is indicative of the political relevance of the Lacanian category of the lacking subject. This lack can only be thought as a trace of the ineliminable act of power at the root of the formation of subjectivity, as the trace of an ex nihilo decision entailing the loss of certain possibilities or psychic states (the imaginary relation with the mother, for example) and the formation of new ones.

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