If the term 'neurosis' is indeed redundant, as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders states, then why do we continue to use this word when refering to various personality traits, behaviors and modes of production? Regardless of the transforming definitions of the internal psychological subject under diagnosis, external characteristics, such as exposure to extreme stimuli, repetition of images, methods of capture/desire via the terrains of capitalism, all manifest qualities of neurosis and are arguably using this 'redundant' power as a weapon of extreme power.
Thinkers as diverse as Nietzsche, Freud, Horney, Adorno, Marcuse, Benjamin, Bataille, and Deleuze and Guattari, all explicitly use the term neurosis to reveal non-positivist accounts of the production and
orientation of thought, of the creation of non-utilitarian values and perspectives, of the relation between anthropological studies of capitalist life and neurotic behaviour.
In this upcoming book the contributors take these ideas even further; in architecture the 'production of space' (Levebvre) is analysed as flows of force and organization which act as systems of capture and uniformity, assimilating people to do or think certain things. In the domain of sociology 'cycles of neurosis' are described, found in social mediations of global catastrophies, predictions, propheises and paranoia. Even in the deep dark depths of ontology, epistemology, the study of animals and in the complex combinations of quarks, neurosis can be found.
The Neurotic Turn
Inter- disciplinary Correspondences on Neurosis
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