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The archive and the detail (2009)
Journal Article
Swanson, G. (2009). The archive and the detail. New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory, Politics, 144-152

A discussion of historical methodology and historical consciousness, cultural change, social relations, human singularity and imaginative life, cultural difference, social feeling and cultural attachment.

'How can civilization be saved?': Psychoanalysis in the anticipation of World War Two in Britain (2009)
Presentation / Conference
Swanson, G. (2009, July). 'How can civilization be saved?': Psychoanalysis in the anticipation of World War Two in Britain. Paper presented at Structures of Violence and Conflict: 2nd Conference of the International Society for Cultural History

This paper considers the ways that psychoanalysis was understood to provide a distinctive insight in to the ‘problems of civilization’ and a means of understanding the psychic dynamics of social groups in the anticipation of war in Britain in the 193... Read More about 'How can civilization be saved?': Psychoanalysis in the anticipation of World War Two in Britain.

Altruism, love and the "democratic factor" in social psychiatry (2009)
Presentation / Conference
Swanson, G. (2009, May). Altruism, love and the "democratic factor" in social psychiatry. Paper presented at After the War: Post-War Structures of Feeling

An examination of those models of character defined by effective sentiment development which became the foundation of a social psychiatry directed to the solution of social problems as part of a programme of post-war reconstruction, an excavation of... Read More about Altruism, love and the "democratic factor" in social psychiatry.

Disciplinary innovation and 'cultural experience' (2008)
Presentation / Conference
Swanson, G. (2008, August). Disciplinary innovation and 'cultural experience'. Paper presented at Orientations: The Inaugural Conference of the International Society for Cultural History

An argument for an approach to cultural history based on attention to the detail, disciplinary knowledge and innovation to be addressed through shifts in conceptual frameworks, and the charting of their influence on social management via new models o... Read More about Disciplinary innovation and 'cultural experience'.

Drunk with the glitter: Space, consumption and sexual instability in modern urban culture (2007)
Book
Swanson, G. (2007). Drunk with the glitter: Space, consumption and sexual instability in modern urban culture. Routledge

Completion of this monograph was supported by an AHRC Research Leave Award, in 2004-5. Chapters 1 and 6 were first published before this reporting period. Chapter 5 is an extended version of a chapter in a previous book (this version comprises 18,00... Read More about Drunk with the glitter: Space, consumption and sexual instability in modern urban culture.

'Shattered into a multiplicity of warring functions': synthesis, disintegration and 'distractibility' (2007)
Journal Article
Swanson, G. (2007). 'Shattered into a multiplicity of warring functions': synthesis, disintegration and 'distractibility'. Intellectual History Review, 17(3), 305-326. https://doi.org/10.1080/17496970701622556

At the centre of this peer-reviewed journal article on distractibility is a detailed investigation of William McDougall's 1920s-1940s adaptation of William James' notion of distraction developed in the 1890s. While the argument concerning the applica... Read More about 'Shattered into a multiplicity of warring functions': synthesis, disintegration and 'distractibility'.

Serenity, self-regard and the genetic sequence: Social psychiatry and preventive eugenics in Britain, 1930s-1950s (2006)
Journal Article
Swanson, G. (2006). Serenity, self-regard and the genetic sequence: Social psychiatry and preventive eugenics in Britain, 1930s-1950s. New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory, Politics, 60, 50-65

The completion of this peer reviewed journal article was supported by AHRC Research Leave funding and constitutes the first study to situate C. P. Blacker's realignment of the Eugenics Society in the 1940s and 1950s in terms of the convergence of psy... Read More about Serenity, self-regard and the genetic sequence: Social psychiatry and preventive eugenics in Britain, 1930s-1950s.