Revolt Of The Primitive

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Overview

The Revolt of the Primitive explores the psychological dynamics of political correctness and gender warfare. Author Howard Schwartz argues that perceptions of men as abusers, sexual predators, and deadbeat dads have become firmly entrenched in our culture due to fantasy rather than solid, objective facts. This volume delves into the psychological forces that have given rise to these ideas and reveals the hard facts about men and women in our society.

Schwartz illustrates how feminists have taken the most vulgar stereotype of men and pronounced it a universal and inviolable cultural norm. He then examines his thesis in the context of work and the work organization, discussing how the feminization of the workplace has been driven by the archetypal need to remake it into a maternal world, banishing the limitations that shape survival and progress. He examines the traditional sexual division of labor and its alleged oppressive nature. He also discusses the psychological forces that drive the idea of placing women in combat roles in the military.

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Schwartz (organizational behavior, Oakland University) says in his introduction: "My main point is that what appears to be a war between the sexes is something far more dangerous. It is nothing less than a revolt of the primitive against the mature, driven by the most powerful forces withing the psyche. Its potential danger is immense." He elucidates his point of view, using an approach stemming from psychoanalytic phenomenology, to look at various aspects of work, sexual politics, political correctness, feminism, and violence in contemporary society. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275965778
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/2001
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

HOWARD S. SCHWARTZ is Professor of Organizational Behavior in the School of Business Administration at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Introduction
1 Scenes from a Sexual Holy War 1
2 The Sexual Holy War and the Meaning of Work 35
3 Feminist Reattribution of Work's Discontents 61
4 The Sin of the Father 83
5 Political Correctness and the Revolt of the Primitive 113
6 The March of the Virgin: Psychodynamics of Sexual Politics and the Issue of Women in Combat 163
7 Conclusion: Littleton and Beyond 207
References 215
Index 227
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