1. "Affective Labor and Transitional Objects: D. W. Winnicott's Social Democracy,"
Catherine Liu, Univ. of California, Irvine
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Abstract: Proposal for a Panel on Psychoanalysis and Marxism Catherine Liu Affective Labor and Transitional Objects: D.W. Winnicott’s Social Democracy
This paper looks at the political economic conditions of D.W. Winnicott’s ideas of good enough mothers, transitional spaces, and social democracy and tries to work out his positive affirmation of “using” objects for play and subject formation. Winnicott’s ideas of play and creativity are founded in a certain expansive use of space and time. This paper tries to expand on Hardt and Negri’s theory of affective labor and global capitalism by showing its psychoanalytic and economic implications. It will then tries to draw provisional conclusions about the intensification of free market discourse in the 1980s, with its worship of risk and speculation. Academic uses of concepts like the “split subject” and radical uncertainty will be considered in this context as examples of a particular reception of psychoanalytic theory in a particular historical/social embrace of “dematerialization.”