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CASTRO, Lucia Rabello de. Subjectivity under domination: a dialogue between Nandy's 'the intimate enemy' and Dangarembga's 'nervous conditions'. Rev. psicol. polít. [online]. 2019, vol.19, n.46, pp. 646-663. ISSN 2175-1390.

This paper analyses two different endeavours to understand the effects of domination on the self as well as the tortuous ways whereby emancipation is sought for. One is taken from Ashis Nandy 's work The Intimate Enemy (1983), and the other, from Tsitsi Dangarembga's novel Nervous Conditions (1988). It is argued that domination deeply scars the human psyche so that the pursuit of political emancipation of oppressed individuals and collectives depends on how the abhorred reality of oppression is dealt with, not only externally, but mainly internally. In this vein, political emancipation consists of a politics of identification in that it must address both collective action towards freedom and an inner reconstruction of a vilified and downgraded self.

Palavras-chave : Domination; Emancipation; Nervous condition: Intimate enemy.

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