Mandelbaum, MM (2023) Interpellation and the Politics of Belonging: A Psychoanalytical Framework. International Studies Quarterly. ISSN 0020-8833 (In Press)

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Interpellation, the production and hailing of subjectivities, is key to poststructuralist international relations (IR) theory and yet with some notable exceptions interpellation/hailing as an analytical concept remains somewhat undertheorized. This paper presents a Lacanian-Žižekian psychoanalytical theorization of interpellation in IR, while engaging with the ontology and epistemology of belonging. More specifically, this paper develops four major psychoanalytical concepts: void/lack, fantasy, jouissance, and desire, as it argues that void/lack at the subjective and objective levels renders interpellation possible and destabilises it, thus accounting for the im/possibility of belonging. This paper illustrates the psychoanalytical framework of interpellation by analyzing national-populism as manifested in the Brexit discourse in the UK as well as the interpellation in homonationalism.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Interpellation, psychoanalysis, belonging, subjectivity, poststructuralism
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Political and Global Studies
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2023 11:14
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2023 11:14

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