Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of Brainwashing in China / Edition 1

Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of Brainwashing in China / Edition 1

by Robert Jay Lifton
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807842532

ISBN-13: 9780807842539

Pub. Date: 07/31/1989

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Informed by Erik Erikson's concept of the formation of ego identity, this book, which first appreared in 1961, is an analysis of the experiences of fifteen Chinese citizens and twenty-five Westerners who underwent "brainwashing" by the Communist Chinese government. Robert Lifton constructs these case histories through personal interviews and outlines a thematic

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Informed by Erik Erikson's concept of the formation of ego identity, this book, which first appreared in 1961, is an analysis of the experiences of fifteen Chinese citizens and twenty-five Westerners who underwent "brainwashing" by the Communist Chinese government. Robert Lifton constructs these case histories through personal interviews and outlines a thematic pattern of death and rebirth, accompanied by feelings of guilt, that characterizes the process of "thought reform." In a new preface, Lifton addresses the implications of his model for the study of American religious cults.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807842539
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
07/31/1989
Edition description:
1
Pages:
524
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.31(d)

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