Paul Hoggett is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at UWE, Bristol. He is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and has been involved in training and consultancy to public and voluntary organisations for many years. He was founding co-editor of the journal Organisational and Social Dynamics. He is Chair of the Climate Psychology Alliance which seeks to bring insights from depth psychologies to our understanding of collective paralysis in the face of dangerous climate change.
Paul's publications include:
Politics, Identity and Emotion, (2009, Paradigm)
Object Relations and Social Relations:The Implications of the Relational Turn in Psychoanalysis (2008, Karnac).
What Can't Be Counted
The impulse to measure, calculate and control has, until very recently, been central to governance in liberal democracies. I consider the way in which this impulse has corroded our sense of the intrinsic value of both the human and non-human other which then become objects to be acted upon rather than subjects to be loved. To what extent does this prepare the conditions for the return, after many decades, of the category of the ‘superfluous’ - the undocumented citizen, the migrant (human and non-human), the disposable worker, the old and frail, the vulnerable species, the ‘excess’ population, and so on - which can be then got rid of?