This chapter outlines the different conceptualisations of 'discourse' in the work of Foucault and Lacan. If Foucault's understanding has been much more influential in academic approaches such as Discourse Analysis, the links between Lacan's notion of discourse and the ethical stakes foregrounded by the clinic are, it is argued, potentially more useful to the politics of critique. This claim is explored through a Lacanian interpretation of the psychiatric 'bible', the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, as a 'discourse' that fits what Lacan identified as the 'discourse of the capitalist'.
Wright, C. (2016). Discourse and the master's lining: a Lacanian critique of the globalizing (bio)politics of the diagnostic and statistical manual. In S. Tomšič, & A. Zevnik (Eds.), Jacques Lacan: between psychoanalysis and politics. Routledge