The Analytic Social Psychology study group (ASP) began in the Fall of 2012. Our theoretical basis was Erich Fromm’s 1932 essay, written for the Frankfurt School’s Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung, “The Method and Function of Analytic Social Psychology; Notes on Psychoanalysis and Historical Materialism.” Our ambitions were publications like the Frankfurt School’s Studies on Prejudice. Our necessity came from the need to understand the ideological basis of the contemporary quietism. Given the advance of the forces of production, why don’t we all relax? What light can psychoanalytic social research shine on what holds the society together? How do institutions of domination maintain their grip? Why are we expending our human effort on something destroying us? How is domination anchored in the hearts of the dominated?
The group meets biweekly in Chicago and via the interwebs. The calendar includes shared readings and presentations, both by members of the study group on ongoing research, as well as by visiting scholars. If you are interested in participating, please contact the organizer, Jeremy Cohan, at email@example.com.