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Globalisation and psychodynamics - Concerning the explanatory Potentials of the psychoanalytic paradigm for geography

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Jüngst, P.
Geographische Zeitschrift
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Zusammenfassung, Abstract
Using globalisation as an example, this article tries to demonstrate the usefulness of a psychoanalytic approach for the field of geography. After some remarks concerning psychoanalytically orientated research in today's geography, some central theorems and concepts in current psychoanalytical object relation theory are presented, which serve as the theoretical background for the following view of globalisation.
This view of globalisation states that the closely inter-related socio-economic and psychosocial/ psychogeographic processes of globalisation are essentially determined through the "greed" of the current shareholder-society, which-orientated towards a paranoid-schizoid dynamic-came to its present significance in the aftermath of the crisis of Fordism. This "greed" supports inter alia the growth of companies' "warlike" strategies and produces a psychosocial and psychogeographic relationship between them, which articulates itself in "destructive" actions against the competitor (who becomes an enemy), expressed in his "incorporation" and "dissection". As a consequence, the formation of world corporations which operate beyond the regulatory powers of national states has been accelerated. The USA is a the most significant spatial point of origin of such "innovative" forms in today's capitalism and the accompanying dissolution of previously existing forms of psychosocial compromise, as they found their expression in the institutions of the welfare state and contractual agreements between companies and employees - a phenomenon, which can be understood inter alia as a result of the particular psychocultural characteristics of US-American society.

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