Law and enjoyment: power, pleasure and psychoanalysis

Hourigan, Daniel (2015) Law and enjoyment: power, pleasure and psychoanalysis. Discourses of Law. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England. ISBN 978-1-138-81596-4

Abstract

This book advocates, and develops, a critical account of the relationship between law and the largely neglected issue of ‘enjoyment’. Taking popular culture seriously – as a lived and meaningful basis for a wider understanding of law, beyond the strictures of legal institutions and professional practices – it takes up a range of case studies from film and literature in order to consider how law is iterated through enjoyment, and how enjoyment embodies law. Drawing on psychoanalytic theory, this book addresses issues such as the forced choice to enjoy the law, the biopolitics of tyranny, the enjoyment of law’s contingency, the trauma of the law’s symbolic codification of pleasure, and the futuristic vision of law’s transgression. In so doing, it forges an important case for acknowledging and analyzing the complex relationship between power and pleasure in law – one that will be of considerable interest to legal theorists, as well as those with interests in the intersection of psychoanalytic and cultural theory.


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Item Type: Book (Commonwealth Reporting Category A)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Print copy held in USQ Library, Toowoomba campus, at call number 340.19 Hou.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 09 May 2016 05:21
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2017 05:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: law, literature, philosophy, cultural studies
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200204 Cultural Theory
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220318 Psychoanalytic Philosophy
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28139

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