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Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society


Lynne Layton, and Peter Redman,


Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society is an international journal publishing original, refereed articles. The journal critically addresses the intersection between psychoanalysis and the social world and explores the roles psychoanalysis might play in bringing about social justice and progressive social change. Articles focus on the political or social implications of their topic.  PCS publishes both clinical and academic papers and welcomes relevant contributions from all disciplines and all psychoanalytic schools of thought.  All submissions—whether original articles, field notes (short commentaries on international or domestic political/cultural issues and events), key concepts, book reviews, or letters to the editors—should address the unconscious roots or consequences of social problems, inequalities, and injustice. PCS is the journal of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society (

Editor and Editorial Board members

Editors: Lynne Layton and Peter Redman

Associate Editors: Ricardo Ainslie, Ana Archangelo, Marshall W. Alcorn, Barnaby Barratt, Jeffrey Berman, John Bird, Andrew Cooper, Frederic Declercq, Michael Diamond, Jennifer Friedlander, Stephen Frosh, Sheldon George, James Glass, Martin Gliserman, Jason Glynos, Sue Grand, Janice Haaken, Nancy Hollander, Derek Hook, Henry Krips, Kimberlyn Leary, Ronnie Lesser, Roderick Main, Kareen Ror Malone, Anthony Moran, Jeffrey Murer, Hilary Neroni, Esther Rashkin, Mari Ruti, Robert Samuels, Christopher Scanlon, David Schwartz, Angie Voela, Jean Wyatt.

Contributing Editors: Marilyn Charles, Todd McGowan, Michael Rustin, Yannis Stavrakakis, Annie Stopford, Candida Yates

Field notes editors: Jane Hassinger, Frann Michel, Julie Walsh

Book review editor: Carolyn Betensky

Environment and Sustainability Editor: jan jagodzinski

Submission guidelines

The editorial board welcomes articles, commentaries and shorter papers that address the intersection between psychoanalysis, culture, and society with particular reference to social and political issues, social justice and praxis. We also welcome papers that address the relationship between the social world and clinical practice. We are interested in ongoing research and as such we regularly publish field notes. Occasionally we publish articles that address key psychoanalytic concepts and the way in which these ideas have an impact on everyday life.

Articles and key psychoanalytic concepts should not normally exceed 8,000 words in length, including references, and, where they are used, endnotes. Field notes should not exceed 3,000 words, and book reviews should range from 750-1,500 words. All articles are subject to peer review and the final decision to publish rests with the editors.


All manuscripts should be submitted in electronic form as a Word compatible file. As the journal operates a blind-review policy author names should be listed only on the cover sheet of the manuscript and user names should be removed from ‘Tools’, ‘Options’, ‘User information’ in Word.

Please indicate whether your submission is an article, key concept, field note, or book review and send as a virus checked e-mail attachment with an accurate word count to

Other submission guidelines are available in the Instructions for Authors link at the journal’s website:

Link to journal’s website