The Voice of the Other: Language as Illusion in the Formation of the Self

Synopsis

This is a study of language and the way that it affects our thoughts and perceptions. The author introduces the concept of the Voice of the Other and the intersubjective world it creates for humans. In the movement from nature to civilization, the newborn is mastered by language and becomes part of the parent's social world. The child's thought is now structured by parental language and speech and memories stored in the unconscious. What is real for the individual are only the images and words that define them. Rothstein uses the works of Freud, Lacan, and Marx to situate schooling in capitalist society. He employs psychoanalytic, linguistic, and anthropological perspectives in an attempt to discover how we think and communicate with one another using unconscious processes.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1993