Social Amnesia: A Critique of Contemporary Psychology

Social Amnesia: A Critique of Contemporary Psychology

by Russell Jacoby
     
 

ISBN-10: 156000892X

ISBN-13: 9781560008927

Pub. Date: 01/01/1997

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

Russell Jacoby defines social amnesia as society's repression of remembrance—society's own past. In this book, Jacoby excavates the critical and historical concepts that have fallen prey to the dynamic of a society that strips them both of their historical and critical content. Social Amnesia is an effort to remember what is perpetually lost under the

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Russell Jacoby defines social amnesia as society's repression of remembrance—society's own past. In this book, Jacoby excavates the critical and historical concepts that have fallen prey to the dynamic of a society that strips them both of their historical and critical content. Social Amnesia is an effort to remember what is perpetually lost under the pressure of society. It is simultaneously a critique of present practices and theories in psychology. Jacoby's new self-evaluation has the same sharp edge as the book itself, offering special insights into the evolution of psychological theory during the past two decades.

In his probing, self-critical new introduction, Jacoby maintains that any serious appraisal of psychology or sociology, or any discipline, must seek to separate the political from the theoretical. He discusses how in the years since Social Amnesia was first published society has oscillated from extreme subjectivism to extreme objectivism, which feed off each other and constitute two forms of social amnesia: a forgetting of the past and a pseudo-historical consciousness. Social Amnesia contains a forceful argument for "thinking against the grain—an endeavor that remains as urgent as ever." It is an important work for sociologists, psychologists, and psychoanalysts.

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ISBN-13:
9781560008927
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
191
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Introduction
Preface
ISocial Amnesia and the New Ideologues1
IIRevisionism: The Repression of a Theory19
IIIConformist Psychology46
IVNegative Psychoanalysis and Marxism73
VThe Politics of Subjectivity101
VITheory and Therapy I: Freud119
VIITheory and Therapy II: Laing and Cooper131
Notes153
Index185

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