Psychoanalytic Geographies is a unique, path-breaking volume and a core text for anyone seeking to grasp how psychoanalysis helps us understand fundamental geographical questions, and how geographical understandings can offer new ways of thinking psychoanalytically. Elaborating on a variety of psychoanalytic approaches that embrace geographical imaginations and a commitment toward spatial thinking, this book demonstrates the breadth, depth, and vitality of cutting edge work in psychoanalytic geographies and presents readers with as wide a set of options as possible for taking psychoanalysis forward in their own work. It covers a wide range of themes and perspectives in terms of theoretical approaches such as Freudian, Lacanian, Kristevan, and Irigarayian; conceptual issues such as space, power, identity, culture, political economy, colonialism, ethics, and aesthetics; disciplinary insights including Geography, English, Sexuality Studies, and History of Science; as well as empirical contexts such as the reception of psychoanalysis in early twentieth century England, psychoanalytic geographies of violence and creativity in a small Mexican city, visual cultures of second-generation Iranian artists living in Los Angeles, and the hysterical underpinnings of climate change scepticism.
’This volume derails the common assumption that geography is a simple study of earth's basic inertness. Far more than the topography of volumes and voids, geography concerns itself with a dynamic topology of knots, twists, buckles, and folds, which constitute the relations between earth and earth-bound subjects. Through a variety of psychoanalytic approaches, the essays compellingly demonstrate that the unconscious of these subjects operate as the underside of geographical exteriority.’ Joan Copjec, Brown University, USA ’For anyone looking for a comprehensive guide to the complex relations between psychoanalysis and geography, this is the book! Kingsbury and Pile’s collection is a must read.’ Anthony Elliott, Hawke Research Institute, Australia '... this book has hit the mark in achieving its stated aim to present to readers as wide a set of options for taking psychoanalysis forward in their own work as possible; and, second, to demonstrate the breadth,depth, and promise of cutting-edge work in psychoanalytic geographies�' Antipode '... this book is a success. The enthusiasm, promise, and diversity - all pledged by the editors - is evident. ... this is a rich, challenging, and exciting book which assembles a set of provocative, thoughtful, and wide-ranging chapters.' Social & Cultural Geography