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John O'Neill

Department of Sociology

 
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John O'Neill is Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at York University, Toronto, a Member of the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He was Senior Scholar at the Laidlaw Foundation 1993-1994, working on the Children at Risk Programme. He is the author of Sociology as a Skin Trade (1972), Making Sense Together (1974), Essaying Montaigne (1982) and Five Bodies: The human shape of modern society (1985). His more recent books are The Communicative Body: Studies in Communicative Philosophy, Politics and Psychology (1989), Plato's Cave: Desire, Power and the Specular Functions of the Media (1991), Critical Conventions: Interpretation in the Literary Arts and Sciences (1992), The Missing Child in Liberal Theory(1994), and The Poverty of Postmodernism (1995). He is Co-Editor of the International Quarterly, Philosophy of the Social Sciences and of The Journal of Classical Sociology. Currently, he is working on the political economy of child suffering, welfare state theory and civic practice.

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All Publications

Books

2004 Civic Capitalism: The State Of Childhood: Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Pp.131

2004 Five Bodies: Re-figuring Relationships. London: Sage Publications Pp.97

2001 Essaying Montaigne: A Study of the Renaissance Institution of Writing and Reading. Liverpool: The University of Liverpool Press. Revised Edition.

2001 Plato's Cave: Television and Its Discontents. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press Inc.

2000-02 Plato’s Cave: Television and Its Discontents. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press Inc. Pp.204

2000-02 Incorporating Cultural Theory; Maternity at the Millennium. Albany: State University Press of New York. Pp.202

1999 Millennial Madonna: Is There A Third Way For Britain? London: Goldsmiths College, Centre for Cultural Studies. 16pp

1996 Five Bodies: The Human Shape of Modern Society, translated into Chinese By Chun Feng. Beijing: Literature Publishing House, 1996, pp. 210

1996 Hegel's Dialectic of Desire and Recognition: Texts and commentary, edited and with an introduction (Albany: State University of New York Press), 331 pp.

1996 Freud and the Passions: edited and with an introduction by John O'Neill (University Park: Penn State Press), 236 pp.

1995 Le Corps Communicatif: Etudes en philosophie, politique et sociologie communicatives (Paris: Meridiens Klincksieck, 1995), 312 pp.

1995 The Poverty of Postmodernism (London: Routledge, 205 pp

1994 The Missing Child in Liberal Theory: Towards a convenant theory of family, community, welfare and the civic state (Toronto: University of Toronto Press), 136 pp.

1992 Critical Conventions: Interpretation in the literary arts and sciences (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press), 329 pp.

1992 The Communicative Body, translated into Japanese (Tokyo: Kinokuniya).

1991 Plato's Cave: Desire, power and the specular functions of the media (Norwod, NJ: Ablex Publishing Corporation), 206 pp.

1989 The Communicative Body: Studies in communicative philosophy, politics and sociology (Evanston: Northwestern University Press), 264 pp.

1989 On Critical Theory (editor), (Lanham, Maryland:University Press of America), 263 pp.

1989 Die Funf Körper: Medikalisierte Gesellschaft des Leibes (Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag), 167pp.

Book Chapters

2009 “Ecce Homo: The Political Theology of Evil.” in Roots, Rites and Sites of Resistance: The Banality of Good. edited by Leonidas K. Cheliotis. Palgrave Macmillan.

2009. "Vico's Arborescenc". Pp345-354 in Comparative Political and Cross-Cultural Philosophy": essays in honor of Hwa Yol Yng. Edited by Jin Y. Park. Lanham MD: Lexington Books.

2006 “The Circle and the Line: Kinship, Vanishment, and Globalization Narratives in a Rich / Poor World.” Pp 55-74. In Vanishing Youth? Solidarity with Children and Young People in an Age of Turbulence. edited by Mary Ann Glendon and Pierpaolo Donati Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Vatican City

2005 “The Word’s Millennial Power”. Pp.35-45 in The Power of Words: Literature

2005 Society in Late Modernity. Edited with an Introduction by Mauro Buccheri, Elio Costa, Donald Holoch. Ravenna: Longo Editore

2002 “Oh, My Others! There is No Other: Capital Culture, Class and Other-Wiseness”. Pp.77-90 in Recognition & Difference: Politics, Identity, Multiculture. Edited by Scott Lash and Mike Featherstone. London: Sage Publications

2001 "Psychoanalysis and Sociology; From Freudo-Marxism To Freudo-Feminism" Pp. 112-124 in Handbook of Social Theory, edited by George Ritzer and Barry Smart. London: Sage.

2001 "Structure, Flow and Balance in Montaigne's Essay "Of Idleness". Pp. 28-39 in Maps and Mirrors: Topologies of Art and Politics, (ed). Steve Martinot, Evenston: Northwestern University Press.

2001 “Horror Autotoxicus: The Dual Economy of Aids”. Pp. 179-185 in Contested Bodies, edited by Ruth Holliday and John Hassard. London: Routledge

2000 "Cultural Capitalism and Child Formation." Pp. 79-98 in The New Citizenship of the Family: Comparative perspectives, edited by Henry Cavanna. Aldershot: Ashgate.

1999 "Children and the Civic State: A Covenant Model of Welfare." Pp.33-54 in Counseling And The Therapeutic State, edited by James J. Chriss. New York: Aldine De Gruyter

1999 "Have You Had Your Theory Today?" Pp. 41-56 in Resisting MacDonaldization, edited by Barry Smart. London: Sage Publications.

1998 "Lost in the post: (post) modernity explained to youth." Pp. 128-138 in The Politics of Jean-Francois Lyotard: Justice and political theory. London: Routledge.

"Civic Capital: Education and the National Economy". Pp.303-318 in The New Higher Education: Issues and Directions for the Post-Dearing University, edited by David Jary and Martin Parker. Stoke-on-Trent: Staffordshire University Press.

"Situation and Temporality." pp. 315-326 in The Debate between Sartre and Merleau-Ponty, edited by Jon Stewart.:Evanston: Northwestern University Press

1996 "Loi et Gynèse: Freud (Ren) Contre Schreber" Pp.135-148 in Schreber Et La Paranioia: Le meutre de l'âme. Textes réunis et présentés par Luiz Eduardo Prado de Oliveira. (Paris: L'Harmattan).

1996 "Leonardo's Love of Knowledge: Freud's Passion for Error". Pp. 181-200 in Freud and the Passions, edited by John O'Neill (University Park: Penn State Press).

1996 "Montaigne on the Arts of Aging and Dying" Pp. 79-102 in The Social and Political Body, edited by Theodore R. Schatzky and Wolfgang Natter. New York: The Guilford Press.

1996 "Dionosaurs-R-Us: The (Un) Natural History of Jurassic Park: Pp. 264-291 in Monster Theory: Reading Culture, edited by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press)

1995 "Foucault's Optics: The (In)vision of mortality and modernity." Pp. 190-201 in Visual Culture, edited by Chris Jenks (London: Routledge).

1994 "Psychoanalytic Jewels: The domestic drama of Dora and Freud." Pp. 451-470 in The Socialness of Things: Essays on the socio-semiotics of objects, edited by Stephen Harold Riggins (New York: Mouton de Gruyter).

1993 "McTopia: Eating time." Pp. 129-137 in Utopias and The Millenium, edited by Krishan Kumar and Stephen Baum (London: Reaktion Books).

1993 "Foucault's Clinic: The poetics of mortality and modernity." Pp. 49-74 in Politics at the End of History: Essays in postmodern thought, edited by Fabio B. Dasilva and Mathew Kanjirathinkal (New York: Peter Lang).

1992 "Horror Autotoxicus: Critical moments in the modernist prosthetic." Pp. 264-267 in Incorporations, edited by Jonathan Crary and Sanford Kwinter (New York: Zone Books)

1990 "Religion and Postmodernism: The Durkheimian Bond in Bell and Jameson." Pp. 285-302 in After the Future: Postmodern times and places, edited by Gary Shapiro (Albany: State University of New York Press).

1990 "Is There a Class in this Text?" Pp. 13-23 in Italian Literature in North America: Pedagogical strategies, edited by John Picchione and Laura Pietropaola (Ottawa: Canadian Society for Italian Studies).

1990 "Religion and Postmodernism: The Durkheimian Bond in Bell and Jameson: With an allegory of the body politic." Pp. 139-161 in Postmodernism/Jameson/Critique, edited by Douglas Kellner (Washington, D.C.: Maisonneuve Press).

1990 "AIDS as a Globalizing Panic." Pp. 329-342 in Global Culture, edited by Mike Featherstone (London: Sage Publication).

1990 "Ex-Kommunication: Freud und der Anspruch auf die Psychanalyse." Pp. 125-142 in Paradoxien Dissonanzen Zusammenbruche (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp).

1990 "Law and Gynesis: Freud V. Schreber." Pp. 238-249 in Shadow of Spirit: Postmodernism and religion, edited by Philippa Berry and Andrew Wernick (London: Routledge).

Journal Articles

2002 “Marcuse’s Maternal Ethic: Myths of Narcissism and Maternalism in Utopian Critical Memory.” Journal of Classical Sociology, Vol. 2, (1): 5-24

2002 “Empire Versus Empire: A Post-Communist Manifesto” Theory, Culture and Society, Volume 19 (4):195-210

2001 "Oh My Other, There Is No Other" Theory, Culture and Society. Vol.18 (2-3)

2001 “The Time(s) of the Gift” Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, Vol.6, No. 2 (August): 41-48

2000 "Descartes' Theatre of Dis-Belief." Communication and Cognition, Vol. 33, Nr 1-2 (2000); 9-22.

1999 "(No) Smoking." Body and Society, Vol. 5 (1): 31-38.

1999 "Excommunicative Praxis; Posting Hegel To Rewrite Subjectivity." Culture and Society: International Journal of Human Sciences, Vol.1, (1999) 180-209

1999 "What Gives (with Derrida)?" European Journal of Social Theory, 2(2): 131-145

1998 "Endless Knowledge." Social Epistemology, Vol. 12, No. 1: 79-84

1998 "Parsons' Freud." Cultural Values, Volume 2 Number 4 (October 1998): 518-532

1997 "Is The Child A Political Subject?" Childhood: A global journal of child research, Volume 4 Number 2 May 1997: 241-250

1997 "The Civic Discovery of Nationhood" Citizenship Studies, Volume 1 Number 1 February 1997: 19-31

1990 "AIDS as a Globalizing Panic." Public (3), Carnal Knowledge: 77-96

Conference Papers

2007. “Metanoia: Re-thinking the Divine Economy of Love and Violence” International Interdisciplinary Symposium, Institute of Criminology University of Cambridge, 18 April 2007

2006 “The Circle and the Line: Kinship, Vanishment, and Globalization Narratives in a Rich/Poor World” Twelfth Plenary Session of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Vatican City, 28 April – 2 May 2006

2004 “Doing Without Mother: Cultural Anxiety and the Family Economy” Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 14th October

2004 “Montaigne on Being-Idle”. University of Victoria, British Columbia, 15 October.

2004 “Forgiveness Autonomy and Otherness”. Rahaline Centre of Utopian Studies, University of Limerick, Ireland, 16 March

2004 “Civic Capitalism”. Tavistock Clinic Seminar. London U.K. 25 March

2004 “His Majesty The Baby: Ego-Mimesis, Narcissism and the Politics of Love”. International Consortium on Social Theory, York University, Toronto. 6 June.

2003 “Dissonance and Reverberation in Irigaray’s “Par les femmes”. Centre for International Social Theory, University of East London , 12 March

2003 “Antigone’s Claim”. Post graduate Seminar in Sociology, Goldsmiths University of London, 19 March

2003 “Doing Without Mother: The Abject Subject Of American Family Life”. The Goldsmith’s Sociology Lecture Series, London, U.K. 20 March

2003 “Giving A Seminar: Thought’s Time”. Faculty of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London, 26 March

2003 “Capital Narratives”. International Symposium on Social Theory, University of South Florida, Tampa, 18 May

2002 “Empire versus Empire: A Post-Communist Manifesto”. Department of Social Relations, Keele University, Keele, 20 March

2002 “Doing Without Mother: Reading Family Television”. Third International Conference on the Politics of Childhood, Centre for the Social Study of Childhood, Hull University, 10-12 March

2001 “Marcuse’s Utopianism: Narcissism or Maternalism?” Inaugural lecture at The Centre for Critical Theory, University of West England, Bristol, 14 February

2001 “The Frankfurt School Appropriation of Psychoanalysis”. Centre for Social Theory, Warwick University, Coventry, 5 March

2001 “Biblical Violence: Identity and Land”. Centre for Social Theory and Technology, Keele University, Staffordshire 7 March

2001 “Metanoia: From Old Testament Aggression to New Testament Transgression”. Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University College Cork, Ireland 28 March

2001 “Reading J.J. Bachofen’s Mother Right to Historicise Marcuse’s Libidinal Maternal Ethic”. Department of Sociology, University College, Limerick, Ireland 30 March

2001 “Utopianism or Postmortemism? Marcuse’s Turn to Freud”. Department of Sociology, National University of Ireland at Galway, 2 April

2001 The Textual Institution of Paradigmatic Thought and Innovation, Centre for Social Theory, University College, Dublin, Ireland, 4 April

2000 What Gives (With Derrida)? Department of Sociology, University College Cork, Ireland 28 February


John O'Neill is Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at York University, Toronto, a Member of the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He was Senior Scholar at the Laidlaw Foundation 1993-1994, working on the Children at Risk Programme. He is the author of Sociology as a Skin Trade (1972), Making Sense Together (1974), Essaying Montaigne (1982) and Five Bodies: The human shape of modern society (1985). His more recent books are The Communicative Body: Studies in Communicative Philosophy, Politics and Psychology (1989), Plato's Cave: Desire, Power and the Specular Functions of the Media (1991), Critical Conventions: Interpretation in the Literary Arts and Sciences (1992), The Missing Child in Liberal Theory(1994), and The Poverty of Postmodernism (1995). He is Co-Editor of the International Quarterly, Philosophy of the Social Sciences and of The Journal of Classical Sociology. Currently, he is working on the political economy of child suffering, welfare state theory and civic practice.


"My research and teaching is devoted to the acquisition of frontier knowledge in the humanities and the social sciences. In the 1960's the unifying thrust for my studies came from research in the philosophy of the social sciences. Here there were two directions, namely, Frankfurt critical theory and Continental phenomenology, and in particular their focus upon the problem of the complementarity between causal and hermeneutical explanations in an emancipatory social science. In this period, I became a specialist in phenomenological sociology, developing the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty on politics, history, language and art in several volumes of translation, as well as my book, Perception, Expression and History, (1970). At the same time, I was involved in the critical rethinking of sociology which contributed to the radicalism of the sixties in Canada, the United States and Western Europe. Numerous articles on critical social theory, political economy and mass culture, along with two further books, Sociology as a Skin Trade (1972) and Making Sense Together (1974) were concerned to bring about interdisciplinary studies in sociology, phenomenology and ethnomethodology. Within the same period, I became a co-founder of York University's Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought which continues to attract brilliant students who pursue a wide range of research topics in European social theory. In 1971, I became a co-editor of Philosophy of the Social Sciences, an international quarterly now in its thirtieth year as a leading journal in a field of research to which its title gave official recognition. In 2001, I became co-editor of The Journal of Classical Sociology, fostering advanced research in this area by international scholars.

In the 1980's, my research continued to explore various problems in the political economy and semiology of embodiment. For years I introduced to undergraduates a variety of research issues in the sociology of the body which anticipated basic problems in current women, race and colonial studies. I published this work in Five Bodies which treats such topics as medical bodies, consumer bodies, and the industrialization of women's bodies. Over the years, materials from my research in this area (in The Communicative Body, 1989; Plato's Cave: Television and its Discontents, 2001), have been useful to a number of media researchers as well as to other colleagues in the social sciences.

Most recently, my research has turned to studies in the theory of textuality and discourse production. Here I attempt to treat the body as a text, as both bio-text and socio-text and to treat the text itself as a body. Thus I investigated a particular corpus, Montaigne's Essays, to develop a theory of writing and reading as corporeal conduct and I argued for this interpretation against the conventional scholarship in my book Essaying Montaigne: A Study of the Renaissance Institution of Writing and Reading (1982/2001). I broadened this argument into a psychoanalytic theory of homotextuality in which I analyze Freud's famous five case histories in order to construct a meta-psychoanalysis of the Freudian text (Incorporating Cultural Theory: Maternity at the Millenium, 2002). I have also developed methods of analyzing the literary production of scientific writing in several specific disciplinary formats in my book Critical Conventions; Interpretation in the Arts and Sciences (1992) and The Poverty of Postmodernism(1995). Most recently, I have been working on issues of childhood and family in the context of liberal-communitarianism to formulate a concept of civic capitalism, first sketched in my book The Missing Child In Liberal Theory (1994).

Despite the apparent diversity of my studies, I consider them steadily devoted to research in the wake of the linguistic turn initiated by Wittgensteinian speech act theory and amplified in phenomenological, structuralist and deconstructionist theories of discourse production and inter-textuality. Research within this perspective requires considerable knowledge of the conventional and unconventional wisdom in literary, philosophical and psychoanalytic disciplines. As such, it is in the best tradition of scientific innovations achieved through the "blurring of genres", or through paradigm breaks of the sort that Kuhn has identified as the engine of 'revolutionary' science. In either case, frontier knowledge in the arts and sciences requires similar energy. In part, this energy is narcissistic; for the rest, it must be fostered by the university. From day to day, it owes much to our graduate students and their resolve to think otherwise then we do."

Degrees

Ph.D., History of Social Thought, Stanford University
M.A., Political Science, University of Notre Dame
B.Sc. (Hons.), Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science

All Publications

Books

2004 Civic Capitalism: The State Of Childhood: Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Pp.131

2004 Five Bodies: Re-figuring Relationships. London: Sage Publications Pp.97

2001 Essaying Montaigne: A Study of the Renaissance Institution of Writing and Reading. Liverpool: The University of Liverpool Press. Revised Edition.

2001 Plato's Cave: Television and Its Discontents. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press Inc.

2000-02 Plato’s Cave: Television and Its Discontents. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press Inc. Pp.204

2000-02 Incorporating Cultural Theory; Maternity at the Millennium. Albany: State University Press of New York. Pp.202

1999 Millennial Madonna: Is There A Third Way For Britain? London: Goldsmiths College, Centre for Cultural Studies. 16pp

1996 Five Bodies: The Human Shape of Modern Society, translated into Chinese By Chun Feng. Beijing: Literature Publishing House, 1996, pp. 210

1996 Hegel's Dialectic of Desire and Recognition: Texts and commentary, edited and with an introduction (Albany: State University of New York Press), 331 pp.

1996 Freud and the Passions: edited and with an introduction by John O'Neill (University Park: Penn State Press), 236 pp.

1995 Le Corps Communicatif: Etudes en philosophie, politique et sociologie communicatives (Paris: Meridiens Klincksieck, 1995), 312 pp.

1995 The Poverty of Postmodernism (London: Routledge, 205 pp

1994 The Missing Child in Liberal Theory: Towards a convenant theory of family, community, welfare and the civic state (Toronto: University of Toronto Press), 136 pp.

1992 Critical Conventions: Interpretation in the literary arts and sciences (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press), 329 pp.

1992 The Communicative Body, translated into Japanese (Tokyo: Kinokuniya).

1991 Plato's Cave: Desire, power and the specular functions of the media (Norwod, NJ: Ablex Publishing Corporation), 206 pp.

1989 The Communicative Body: Studies in communicative philosophy, politics and sociology (Evanston: Northwestern University Press), 264 pp.

1989 On Critical Theory (editor), (Lanham, Maryland:University Press of America), 263 pp.

1989 Die Funf Körper: Medikalisierte Gesellschaft des Leibes (Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag), 167pp.

Book Chapters

2009 “Ecce Homo: The Political Theology of Evil.” in Roots, Rites and Sites of Resistance: The Banality of Good. edited by Leonidas K. Cheliotis. Palgrave Macmillan.

2009. "Vico's Arborescenc". Pp345-354 in Comparative Political and Cross-Cultural Philosophy": essays in honor of Hwa Yol Yng. Edited by Jin Y. Park. Lanham MD: Lexington Books.

2006 “The Circle and the Line: Kinship, Vanishment, and Globalization Narratives in a Rich / Poor World.” Pp 55-74. In Vanishing Youth? Solidarity with Children and Young People in an Age of Turbulence. edited by Mary Ann Glendon and Pierpaolo Donati Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Vatican City

2005 “The Word’s Millennial Power”. Pp.35-45 in The Power of Words: Literature

2005 Society in Late Modernity. Edited with an Introduction by Mauro Buccheri, Elio Costa, Donald Holoch. Ravenna: Longo Editore

2002 “Oh, My Others! There is No Other: Capital Culture, Class and Other-Wiseness”. Pp.77-90 in Recognition & Difference: Politics, Identity, Multiculture. Edited by Scott Lash and Mike Featherstone. London: Sage Publications

2001 "Psychoanalysis and Sociology; From Freudo-Marxism To Freudo-Feminism" Pp. 112-124 in Handbook of Social Theory, edited by George Ritzer and Barry Smart. London: Sage.

2001 "Structure, Flow and Balance in Montaigne's Essay "Of Idleness". Pp. 28-39 in Maps and Mirrors: Topologies of Art and Politics, (ed). Steve Martinot, Evenston: Northwestern University Press.

2001 “Horror Autotoxicus: The Dual Economy of Aids”. Pp. 179-185 in Contested Bodies, edited by Ruth Holliday and John Hassard. London: Routledge

2000 "Cultural Capitalism and Child Formation." Pp. 79-98 in The New Citizenship of the Family: Comparative perspectives, edited by Henry Cavanna. Aldershot: Ashgate.

1999 "Children and the Civic State: A Covenant Model of Welfare." Pp.33-54 in Counseling And The Therapeutic State, edited by James J. Chriss. New York: Aldine De Gruyter

1999 "Have You Had Your Theory Today?" Pp. 41-56 in Resisting MacDonaldization, edited by Barry Smart. London: Sage Publications.

1998 "Lost in the post: (post) modernity explained to youth." Pp. 128-138 in The Politics of Jean-Francois Lyotard: Justice and political theory. London: Routledge.

"Civic Capital: Education and the National Economy". Pp.303-318 in The New Higher Education: Issues and Directions for the Post-Dearing University, edited by David Jary and Martin Parker. Stoke-on-Trent: Staffordshire University Press.

"Situation and Temporality." pp. 315-326 in The Debate between Sartre and Merleau-Ponty, edited by Jon Stewart.:Evanston: Northwestern University Press

1996 "Loi et Gynèse: Freud (Ren) Contre Schreber" Pp.135-148 in Schreber Et La Paranioia: Le meutre de l'âme. Textes réunis et présentés par Luiz Eduardo Prado de Oliveira. (Paris: L'Harmattan).

1996 "Leonardo's Love of Knowledge: Freud's Passion for Error". Pp. 181-200 in Freud and the Passions, edited by John O'Neill (University Park: Penn State Press).

1996 "Montaigne on the Arts of Aging and Dying" Pp. 79-102 in The Social and Political Body, edited by Theodore R. Schatzky and Wolfgang Natter. New York: The Guilford Press.

1996 "Dionosaurs-R-Us: The (Un) Natural History of Jurassic Park: Pp. 264-291 in Monster Theory: Reading Culture, edited by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press)

1995 "Foucault's Optics: The (In)vision of mortality and modernity." Pp. 190-201 in Visual Culture, edited by Chris Jenks (London: Routledge).

1994 "Psychoanalytic Jewels: The domestic drama of Dora and Freud." Pp. 451-470 in The Socialness of Things: Essays on the socio-semiotics of objects, edited by Stephen Harold Riggins (New York: Mouton de Gruyter).

1993 "McTopia: Eating time." Pp. 129-137 in Utopias and The Millenium, edited by Krishan Kumar and Stephen Baum (London: Reaktion Books).

1993 "Foucault's Clinic: The poetics of mortality and modernity." Pp. 49-74 in Politics at the End of History: Essays in postmodern thought, edited by Fabio B. Dasilva and Mathew Kanjirathinkal (New York: Peter Lang).

1992 "Horror Autotoxicus: Critical moments in the modernist prosthetic." Pp. 264-267 in Incorporations, edited by Jonathan Crary and Sanford Kwinter (New York: Zone Books)

1990 "Religion and Postmodernism: The Durkheimian Bond in Bell and Jameson." Pp. 285-302 in After the Future: Postmodern times and places, edited by Gary Shapiro (Albany: State University of New York Press).

1990 "Is There a Class in this Text?" Pp. 13-23 in Italian Literature in North America: Pedagogical strategies, edited by John Picchione and Laura Pietropaola (Ottawa: Canadian Society for Italian Studies).

1990 "Religion and Postmodernism: The Durkheimian Bond in Bell and Jameson: With an allegory of the body politic." Pp. 139-161 in Postmodernism/Jameson/Critique, edited by Douglas Kellner (Washington, D.C.: Maisonneuve Press).

1990 "AIDS as a Globalizing Panic." Pp. 329-342 in Global Culture, edited by Mike Featherstone (London: Sage Publication).

1990 "Ex-Kommunication: Freud und der Anspruch auf die Psychanalyse." Pp. 125-142 in Paradoxien Dissonanzen Zusammenbruche (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp).

1990 "Law and Gynesis: Freud V. Schreber." Pp. 238-249 in Shadow of Spirit: Postmodernism and religion, edited by Philippa Berry and Andrew Wernick (London: Routledge).

Journal Articles

2002 “Marcuse’s Maternal Ethic: Myths of Narcissism and Maternalism in Utopian Critical Memory.” Journal of Classical Sociology, Vol. 2, (1): 5-24

2002 “Empire Versus Empire: A Post-Communist Manifesto” Theory, Culture and Society, Volume 19 (4):195-210

2001 "Oh My Other, There Is No Other" Theory, Culture and Society. Vol.18 (2-3)

2001 “The Time(s) of the Gift” Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, Vol.6, No. 2 (August): 41-48

2000 "Descartes' Theatre of Dis-Belief." Communication and Cognition, Vol. 33, Nr 1-2 (2000); 9-22.

1999 "(No) Smoking." Body and Society, Vol. 5 (1): 31-38.

1999 "Excommunicative Praxis; Posting Hegel To Rewrite Subjectivity." Culture and Society: International Journal of Human Sciences, Vol.1, (1999) 180-209

1999 "What Gives (with Derrida)?" European Journal of Social Theory, 2(2): 131-145

1998 "Endless Knowledge." Social Epistemology, Vol. 12, No. 1: 79-84

1998 "Parsons' Freud." Cultural Values, Volume 2 Number 4 (October 1998): 518-532

1997 "Is The Child A Political Subject?" Childhood: A global journal of child research, Volume 4 Number 2 May 1997: 241-250

1997 "The Civic Discovery of Nationhood" Citizenship Studies, Volume 1 Number 1 February 1997: 19-31

1990 "AIDS as a Globalizing Panic." Public (3), Carnal Knowledge: 77-96

Conference Papers

2007. “Metanoia: Re-thinking the Divine Economy of Love and Violence” International Interdisciplinary Symposium, Institute of Criminology University of Cambridge, 18 April 2007

2006 “The Circle and the Line: Kinship, Vanishment, and Globalization Narratives in a Rich/Poor World” Twelfth Plenary Session of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Vatican City, 28 April – 2 May 2006

2004 “Doing Without Mother: Cultural Anxiety and the Family Economy” Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 14th October

2004 “Montaigne on Being-Idle”. University of Victoria, British Columbia, 15 October.

2004 “Forgiveness Autonomy and Otherness”. Rahaline Centre of Utopian Studies, University of Limerick, Ireland, 16 March

2004 “Civic Capitalism”. Tavistock Clinic Seminar. London U.K. 25 March

2004 “His Majesty The Baby: Ego-Mimesis, Narcissism and the Politics of Love”. International Consortium on Social Theory, York University, Toronto. 6 June.

2003 “Dissonance and Reverberation in Irigaray’s “Par les femmes”. Centre for International Social Theory, University of East London , 12 March

2003 “Antigone’s Claim”. Post graduate Seminar in Sociology, Goldsmiths University of London, 19 March

2003 “Doing Without Mother: The Abject Subject Of American Family Life”. The Goldsmith’s Sociology Lecture Series, London, U.K. 20 March

2003 “Giving A Seminar: Thought’s Time”. Faculty of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London, 26 March

2003 “Capital Narratives”. International Symposium on Social Theory, University of South Florida, Tampa, 18 May

2002 “Empire versus Empire: A Post-Communist Manifesto”. Department of Social Relations, Keele University, Keele, 20 March

2002 “Doing Without Mother: Reading Family Television”. Third International Conference on the Politics of Childhood, Centre for the Social Study of Childhood, Hull University, 10-12 March

2001 “Marcuse’s Utopianism: Narcissism or Maternalism?” Inaugural lecture at The Centre for Critical Theory, University of West England, Bristol, 14 February

2001 “The Frankfurt School Appropriation of Psychoanalysis”. Centre for Social Theory, Warwick University, Coventry, 5 March

2001 “Biblical Violence: Identity and Land”. Centre for Social Theory and Technology, Keele University, Staffordshire 7 March

2001 “Metanoia: From Old Testament Aggression to New Testament Transgression”. Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University College Cork, Ireland 28 March

2001 “Reading J.J. Bachofen’s Mother Right to Historicise Marcuse’s Libidinal Maternal Ethic”. Department of Sociology, University College, Limerick, Ireland 30 March

2001 “Utopianism or Postmortemism? Marcuse’s Turn to Freud”. Department of Sociology, National University of Ireland at Galway, 2 April

2001 The Textual Institution of Paradigmatic Thought and Innovation, Centre for Social Theory, University College, Dublin, Ireland, 4 April

2000 What Gives (With Derrida)? Department of Sociology, University College Cork, Ireland 28 February