It suffices to say that the notion of the empty signifier
appears to address problems in signification which originate from works by scholars such as Mauss and Jakobson, but it is Levi-Strauss who defined the problem in its most commonly acknowledged form (Ohnuki-Tierney 1994, 60).
Consequently, my analysis of Einar/Lili transition will be mainly focused on his/her efforts to articulate a suitable "solution" for such an impasse, which is based on the relation that each subject elaborates in relation to the signifier
of the unconscious, and the jouissance as a real surplus from the effect of the signifier
that structurally appeals to the body.
of air-conditioner has no concrete meaning at its back.
Because of this immediacy, the unassuming signifier
is also able to provide quick-minded players with real-time data.
Accordingly, Tulsu as a signifier
neither signifies one single woman nor equals to the whole women the man has met, while occupying a surplus status.
Moving away from the scholarly preoccupation with stereotypes of the Asian figure, King mines mise-en-scene instead for Orientalist signifiers
8) That is, the primacy of the image is sustained by a minimal symbolic level, registering at the egoic level what Lacan will later define as the 'materiality' of language in its earliest instance, the signifier
abstracted from relations of meaning, reduced to an abstract form of placing or coordination.
Model partnership" as an empty signifier
indicates that strategic partnership is dead; a new type of relationship is required, but nobody knows how new relations will look like.
With the contemporary loss of the paternal function, Verhaeghe suggests that we are slowly losing our collective symbolic anchor and, thus, emerging as a kind of psychotic society, for without recourse to the phallic signifier
that grounds symbolic exchange, our western society is going the way of the psychotic individual: like the psychotic, our society is overcome with a limitless jouissance that threatens its very existence.
The discussion of examples taken from Badiou of public signifying acts, in contrast, suggests a potential for social change in statements lacking sense in the context of existing discourse because they have 'no representation in the political, or the state' (151), for instance Marx's declaration 'There is a revolutionary movement' (150), or French migrant workers' statement, 'We want our rights' (152), or the introduction of the signifier
'grace' in St.
If an iconic building must have a new and provocative image, but cannot directly call on the iconography that underlay traditional or religious architecture (because that is no longer believed), then it must produce enigmatic signifiers
that allude to unusual codes.
Once they see how "chains of signifiers
" position them to act in counter-productive or hegemonic ways, they may be disposed to act to "break the chains," re-define the meanings of the signifiers
, and act in solidarity against social inequities, injustices, and power relations penetrating their cultures and sub-groups.