After the Patriarchy

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* After the Patriarchy: the Regime of the Brother. By JULIET FLOWER MACCANNELL. Paragraph, Vol. 14, No. 1, FREUD, LACAN AND THE CRITIQUE OF CULTURE(MARCH 1991), pp. 68-94



The super-ego performs the same function of protecting and saving that was fulfilled in earlier days by the father and later by Providence or Destiny.

- Freud, The Ego and the Id.


"It is not accidental that Freud makes culture a parent: it is supposed to start something and keep it going. Fundamental to all human societies is an unquestioned desire to reproduce itself in some form - any form, material, substantial, spiritual, in the next generation. Yet we are un-mistakably marked by a notable reproductive anxiety, a fear of fathering. What was once the keynote of psychosis is a general cultural mode today. The central question that I shall be addressing is whether the contemporary human community, especially but not exclusively under nuclear conditions, desires to perpetuate itself? Such a question is unaskable, but it is also serious and necessary."

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Alternative title: The Regime of the Brother: After the Patriarchy. Available from: [accessed Aug 04 2022].