Pro-space activism and narcissistic phantasy

Ormrod, James (2007) Pro-space activism and narcissistic phantasy Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, 12 (3). pp. 260-278.

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This paper uses psychoanalytic theory to understand the motivation of pro-space activists – people campaigning to increase human activity in outer space. It suggests that activists are motivated by fantasies of a spacefaring civilization, which manifest unconscious phantasies of omnipotence and fusion related to the experience of self in primary narcissism. The argument of the paper is that in order to understand this pursuit of a phantasized self, we must locate activists within the cultural conditions that encourage secondary narcissism. This is one example of how psychoanalytically informed social theory can account for the relationship between social structure and the motivation of political activists.

Item Type: Journal article
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1057/palgrave.pcs.2100131
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science
Depositing User: editor sass
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2009
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2015 13:15

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