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Brexit’s identity politics and the question of subjectivity

Mintchev, N; Moore, HL; (2019) Brexit’s identity politics and the question of subjectivity. Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society , 24 pp. 452-472. 10.1057/s41282-019-00139-3. Green open access

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Abstract

This article is about the socially divisive consequences of the UK’s 2016 referendum on membership in the European Union. Rather than redressing the country’s long-standing class divisions, the referendum has exacerbated them by fuelling negative stereotypes and mutual accusations between Leave and Remain supporters. Drawing on psychoanalytic theories of subjectivity, the article argues that support for Leave and Remain is structured by circulations of affect, fantasies of the good life and psychic investments in different experiences of immigration, nationalism, and social and economic inequality.

Type: Article
Title: Brexit’s identity politics and the question of subjectivity
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1057/s41282-019-00139-3
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1057/s41282-019-00139-3
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: affect, immigration, nationalism, inequality, ressentiment
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10083677
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