Psychoanalysis and Revolution by Ian Parker and David Pavón-Cuéllar

Psychoanalysis and Revolution by Ian Parker and David Pavón-Cuéllar


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Preface by Suryia Nayak

What is revolutionary about psychoanalysis, and why should those of us concerned with political praxis take it seriously? This manifesto is an argument for connecting social transformation with personal liberation, showing that the two aspects of profound change can be intimately linked together using psychoanalysis. The manifesto explores what lies beyond us, what we keep repeating, what pushes and pulls us to stay the same and to change, and how those phenomena are transferred into clinical space. This book is not uncritical of psychoanalysis, and transforms it so that liberation movements can transform the world.

‘There are always complex and inevitable ties between the personal and the political, but to understand them fully we need to grasp the radical potential of psychoanalysis, despite its uses being constantly tamed and domesticated. If you want to know how to make and to keep psychoanalysis revolutionary, read this Manifesto. It will inspire you.’ — Lynne Segal, author of Radical Happiness: Moments of Collective Joy

ISBN: 9781919601908 (paperback)
          9781919601915 (eBook)

Psychoanalysis and Revolution is an international book project and manifesto to be published worldwide in dozens of languages. For more information about the international project see here


Ian Parker is a psychoanalyst working in Manchester in the north of England. He is a Marxist, and member of different left groups and campaigns. Much of his academic work has been concerned with writing and promoting versions of ‘critical psychology’, different ways of developing theoretical alternatives to mainstream psychology and practical initiatives to address human distress.

David Pavón-Cuéllar is a professor in the faculties of psychology and philosophy at the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, in the city of Morelia, state of Michoacán, Mexico. He is a Marxist and participates in radical Left collectives in Mexico. His academic work develops at the intersection of Lacanian psychoanalysis, Marxist theory, and critical psychology.

Suryia Nayak is a Black feminist activist, group analyst and senior lecturer in social work, putting intersectionality and psychoanalysis to work for collective liberation from oppression.