ARCP 7: Lacan and Critical Psychology

Editor: Carol Owens

This issue of the Annual Review of Critical Psychology mobilises an exploration and consideration of the utility of Lacan’s psychoanalysis for critical psychology in particular, and for critical research/theory/practice in general. As such, contributors to this issue tease out the problematics and the potentialities involved in such a project. A framework is imposed according to which the reader may refer in their engagement with the work herein.
Part 1 consists of articles that are addressed directly to questions of the applicability of a specifically Lacanian psychoanalysis to critical disciplines. Authors of these articles present concerned analyses and considerations of the effects upon the discipline(s) of an engagement with Lacanian psychoanalysis. Part 2 consists of articles that take a particular concept of Lacan’s and interrogate it for its utility, effects, and consequences for critical research. Part 3 consists of articles that present critical research and/or practice that incorporates a wholly or partially Lacanian informed methodology. Part 4 consists of two review essays that – far from presenting any merely straightforward ‘book review’ – crucially engage with the problematic involvement of Lacan with critical psychology. Finally, Part 5 of this volume consists of two interviews: one with Slavoj Žižek conducted by Ian Parker, and the other with Karolos Kambelopoulos conducted by Ian Parker, Erica Burman and Stavros Psaroudakis.

Contents of ARCP 7

Editor’s Introduction: Lacan for Critics!
Carol Owens



A place for Lacan in critical psychology? four memos and a gap
Annie G. Rogers

Lacan goes business
Carl Cederström

Untying real, imaginary and symbolic: a Lacanian criticism of behavioural, cognitive and discursive psychologies
David Pavón Cuéllar

How to be secretly Lacanian in anti-psychoanalytic qualitative research
Christian Ingo Lenz Dunker and Ian Parker

I started off with nothing
Rob Weatherill

Practices, provenances, homologies?
Bill Roper

Writing an algebra for the social sciences: Freud’s and Lacan’s mathemes
Carlos Gómez

Queering psychoanalysis/psychoanalysing queer
Eve Watson


Who wants to be in rational love?
Calum Neill

Restoring universality to the subject: Lacan’s Kantian logic of sexuation
Derek Hook

Sexual difference: encore, yet again
Anup Dhar

The other side of social psychology?
A review of the utility of Lacanian psychoanalysis with a focus on the theory of the four discourses
Peter Branney, Brendan Gough, Anna Madill


Some questions around social imaginary and discourse analysis for critical research
Ilana Mountian

Now that you know, how do you feel? The Milgram experiment and psychologization
Jan De Vos

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Kareen Malone & Gilda Barabino

Oedipus and the other in Japan
Kazushige Shingu

An effective treatment of psychosis with psychoanalysis in Québec city, since 1982
Lucie Cantin

Contested identities: using Lacanian psychoanalysis to explore and develop social identity theory
Parisa Dashtipour


The Lacanian Left, by Yannis Stavrakakis; Subjectivity and Otherness, by Lorenzo Chiesa; Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Technique, by Bruce Fink.
Derek Hook

My teaching, by Jacques Lacan.
Owen Hewitson


Lacan’s hairdresser: an encounter with Karolos Kambelopoulos
Stavros Psaroudakis, Ian Parker, Erica Burman

Critical psychology: a conversation with Slavoj Žižek
Ian Parker

Annual Review of Critical Psychology is an international peer-reviewed online open-access journal (ISSN 1746-739X)