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Revista Polis e Psique

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CASTRO, Lucia Rabello de  and  MENEZES, Jaileila de Araújo. Does 'psychic' economy matter? Decolonization and subjective elements of social réinscription. Rev. Polis Psique [online]. 2020, vol.10, n.1, pp. 107-122. ISSN 2238-152X.

The aim of the present paper is to focus on the patchwork of subjective processes engendered by colonial domination within the scope of relations between the oppressor and the oppressed: how the vital forces of each side imbricate and interpolate each other, the former to subjugate the other and make him/her acquiesce either by astuteness, seduction or terror; the latter, to oppose tyranny and control by struggling, resisting or even, preferring death. The article discusses post- and decolonial scholarship in view of articulating how possibilities of resisting to violence are envisaged within this tradition. The focus on the psychic economy brings forth the inexorable connections between personal and collective history. These are analysed in their ontological, epistemological and psychological underpinnings in order to escape the frequent dichotomies and reductionisms whenever the paradoxical relations between the oppressor and the oppressed are at stake.

Keywords : decoloniality; domination; intersubjective processes; psychic economy.

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