Rewriting the Soul: Multiple Personality and the Sciences of Memory

Rewriting the Soul: Multiple Personality and the Sciences of Memory

by Ian Hacking
     
 

Twenty-five years ago one could list by name the tiny number of multiple personalities recorded in the history of Western medicine, but today hundreds of people receive treatment for dissociative disorders in every sizable city in North America. Clinicians, backed by a grassroots movement of patients and therapists, find child sexual abuse to be the primary cause of… See more details below

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Twenty-five years ago one could list by name the tiny number of multiple personalities recorded in the history of Western medicine, but today hundreds of people receive treatment for dissociative disorders in every sizable city in North America. Clinicians, backed by a grassroots movement of patients and therapists, find child sexual abuse to be the primary cause of the illness, while critics accuse the 'MPD' community of fostering false memories of childhood trauma. Here the distinguished philosopher Ian Hacking uses the MPD epidemic and its links with the contemporary concept of child abuse to scrutinize today's moral and political climate, especially our power struggles about memory and our efforts to cope with psychological injuries. 'In this brilliant and provocative new book, Ian Hacking fixes his searching gaze on the hot topic of multiple personality. The results are remarkable.... In Hacking's hands, multiple personality emerges as a paradigmatic case study illuminating basic questions about truth, memory, fact and fiction, about knowledge, science, and identity.... [This book] treats these impossibly difficult problems of knowability in the human sciences with grace and wisdom."--Ellen Herman, Contemporary Psychology

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691036427
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/03/1995
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.37(w) x 9.62(h) x 1.11(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER 1 Is It Real?
CHAPTER 2 What Is It Like?
CHAPTER 3 The Movement
CHAPTER 4 Child Abuse
CHAPTER 5 Gender
CHAPTER 6 Cause
CHAPTER 7 Measure
CHAPTER 8 Truth in Memory
CHAPTER 9 Schizophrenia
CHAPTER 10 Before Memory
CHAPTER 11 Doubling of the Personality
CHAPTER 12 The Very First Multiple Personality
CHAPTER 13 Trauma
CHAPTER 14 The Sciences of Memory
CHAPTER 15 Memoro-Politics
CHAPTER 16 Mind and Body
CHAPTER 17 An Indeterminacy in the Past
CHAPTER 18 False Consciousness
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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