Social Symptoms of Identity Needs: Why We Have Failed to Solve Our Social Problems and What to do About It

Social Symptoms of Identity Needs: Why We Have Failed to Solve Our Social Problems and What to do About It

by Mark Bracher

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ISBN-13: 9781855756540
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/28/2009
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Mark Bracher is Professor at the Department of English, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio; Director, Center for Literature and Psychoanalysis; and Founding Editor of Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society. He has written a number of of articles and books including The Writing Cure and Lacanian Theory of Discourse.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

About the Author ix

Preface xi

Part I Identity and the Causes of Social Problems 1

Introduction: The causes of social problems 3

Chapter 1 The nature of identity and its role in social problems 23

Part II Social Problems as Symptoms of Identity Needs 65

Chapter 2 Delinquency, crime, and violence 67

Chapter 3 Terrorism and war 93

Part III The Role of Identity in the Failure to Solve Social Problems 121

Chapter 4 Phobic objects, subalterns, and enemies as resources for identity maintenance 123

Chapter 5 Identity-damaging social and cultural forces 151

Part IV Social Change and Identity Development 185

Chapter 6 Promoting benign identity contents 187

Chapter 7 Decommissioning harmful defences 205

Chapter 8 Promoting identity integration 221

Chapter 9 Promoting more inclusive identity structures 235

Conclusion: The identity development imperative 253

Appendix I Psychological symptoms as expressions of identity needs 269

Appendix II Multiple self-motives and self-esteem 273

References 279

Index 293

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