Death's Dream Kingdom: The American Psyche Since 9-11

Death's Dream Kingdom: The American Psyche Since 9-11

by Davis Walter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0745324681

ISBN-13: 9780745324685

Pub. Date: 02/14/2006

Publisher: Pluto Press

Why is fear a dominant emotion in contemporary society? Why are politicians using words like 'terror', 'evil' and 'fundamentalism', and what effect is it having on public consciousness?

Answering these questions, Walter A. Davis taps into the cultural psyche to explore the link between ideology and emotional and psychological manipulation. Starting with the three

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Why is fear a dominant emotion in contemporary society? Why are politicians using words like 'terror', 'evil' and 'fundamentalism', and what effect is it having on public consciousness?

Answering these questions, Walter A. Davis taps into the cultural psyche to explore the link between ideology and emotional and psychological manipulation. Starting with the three topics that have preoccupied social discourse since 9-11 -- terror, evil and fundamentalism -- he shows that the Bush administration has been hugely successful in controlling and developing a new political climate through the creation of an almost hypnotic mass consciousness.

Davis's findings take us to the heart of the ideological paralysis of the Left, while offering an innovative approach to understanding contemporary history.

Davis fuses a psychoanalytic and philosophical framework to explain the relation between culture and political events, from the sado-masochist hysteria of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ' to the atrocities at Abu Ghraib prison; and from the genocidal use of depleted uranium in Iraq to the apocalyptic language driving the Christian Right's assault on basic human rights.

He exposes the motives and belief-systems of this new American psyche and shows how it sustains the Bush administration's agenda. Illuminating how psychological needs govern political action, Davis reveals why the relationship between politics and public consciousness has massive implications for all of us beyond America's borders.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745324685
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
02/14/2006
Pages:
279
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 8.47(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1911- America3
2Living in death's dream kingdom : the psychotic core of capitalist ideology11
3Passion of the Christ in Abu Ghraib23
4Weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq45
5A humanistic response to 9-11 : Robert Jay Lifton, or the nostalgia for guarantees67
6A postmodernist response to 9-11 : Slavoj Zizek, or the Jouissance of an abstract Hegelian75
7Bible says : the psychology of Christian fundamentalism121
8The psychodynamics of terror151
9Evil : as psychological process and as philosophic concept165
10Men of good will : toward an ethic of the tragic219

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