This thesis is a negotiation between a post-modern formation of the self as conceptualized by Lars-Henrik Schmidt and Lars Geer Hammershøj, and the theoretical world of Jacques Lacan and Slajov Žižek.
Using an initiative called Modvirk Racisme, which seeks to counter-act racism in the Danish society through workshops and debates as a case study, the thesis aims to juxtapose how traits of the post-modern formation of the self can be elaborated and discussed through psychoanalysis and Žižek’s critique of ideology.
By framing interviews with members of Modvirk Racisme as a ‘fantasy’, the first analysis uses Lacan’s discursive model to structure and understand how the initiative relates to the theoretical concepts of the Other, the object of desire, the barred subject and product. By this process, the first analysis of Modvirk Racisme interrelates and discusses the post-modern formation of the self and Lacan’s theory of the hysteric’s discourse. The second analysis then continues by inserting Modvirk Racisme’s fantasy into the matrix of Žižeks theory of ideology. The chapter continues to discuss how Žižek’s concept of post-politics contributes to an understanding of the ‘post-modern’ formation of the self, as the analysis concludes that the traits of the post-modern/post-political foster identity politics.
The thesis concludes by highlighting and developing the implications of reading ‘the formation of the self’ through Lacan and Žižek.
|Uddannelser||Pædagogik og Uddannelsesstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Vejledere||Ulla Ambrosius Madsen|