Neil Leach, Camouflage, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2006, ISBN 0-262-62200-9
This monograph explores the social role of the aesthetic domain in providing a sense of belonging in a world where traditional structures of connectivity have broken down. Drawing largely on psychoanalytic theory, and in particular on the ideas of Benjamin, Adorno, Freud, Lacan, Kristeva and Zizek, it explores themes such as assimilation, narcissism, melancholia, ecstasy, paranoia, mimesis, sympathetic magic, identification, becoming and belonging. It argues that the aesthetic domain may provide a form of ‘cognitive mapping’ that allows individuals to inscribe themselves in the world.
(a) Neil Leach, Camuflag, trans. Dana Vais, Bucharest: Paideia, 2009, ISBN 973-9368-53-0