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The Racist Fantasy: Unconscious Roots of Hatred // Todd McGowan

The Racist Fantasy: Unconscious Roots of Hatred // Todd McGowan

2022, Bloomsbury, 256 pages

Turkish rights sold.

#philosophy #racism #psychoanalysis

The Racist Fantasy lays out the fundamental fantasy structure that underlies a racist psyche as it develops in capitalist modernity.

The racist fantasy, a fantasy in which the racial other is a figure who blocks the enjoyment of the racist, is a shared social structure. No one individual invented it, and no one individual is responsible for its perpetuation. While no one is guilty for the emergence of the racist fantasy, people are nonetheless responsible for keeping it alive and thus responsible for fighting against it.

This fantasy takes root under capitalism as a way of explaining the failures and disappointments that result from the relationship to the commodity. The struggle against racism involves dislodging the fantasy structure and to change the capitalist relations that require it. This is the project of this book.

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