This talk considers one response to the construction of the neurotic citizen in neoliberalism: the advocacy of ‘indifference’. Can indifference be a form of resistance, or does indifference represent the wrong kind of resistance, the other side of the ‘I’d prefer not to’ that is seen in psychoanalysis when the patient knows what has to be done, but backs away from it? Is indifference to political context, to suffering and loss, a dangerous kind of denial?
Stephen Frosh is Pro-Vice-Master and Professor in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London. He is the author of many books and papers on psychosocial studies and on psychoanalysis, including Hauntings: Psychoanalysis and Ghostly Transmissions (Palgrave, 2013). He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and an Academic Associate of the British Psychoanalytical Society.