Book ID: CBB788889057

Political Freud: A History (2015)


Zaretsky, Eli (Author)

Columbia University Press

Publication Date: 2015
Physical Details: 250
Language: English

In this masterful history, Eli Zaretsky reveals the power of Freudian thought to illuminate the great political conflicts of the twentieth century. Developing an original concept of "political Freudianism," he shows how twentieth-century radicals, activists, and intellectuals used psychoanalytic ideas to probe consumer capitalism, racial violence, anti-Semitism, and patriarchy. He also underscores the continuing influence and critical potential of those ideas in the transformed landscape of the present. Zaretsky's conception of political Freudianism unites the two overarching themes of the last century—totalitarianism and consumerism—in a single framework. He finds that theories of mass psychology and the unconscious were central to the study of fascism and the Holocaust; to African American radical thought, particularly the struggle to overcome the legacy of slavery; to the rebellions of the 1960s; and to the feminism and gay liberation movements of the 1970s. Nor did the influence of political Freud end when the era of Freud bashing began. Rather, Zaretsky proves that political Freudianism is alive today in cultural studies, the study of memory, theories of trauma, postcolonial thought, film, media and computer studies, evolutionary theory and even economics.

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Authors & Contributors
Ash, Mitchell G.
Laor, Nathaniel
Agassi, Joseph
Scharfenberg, Joachim
Stoff, Heiko
Glick, Thomas F.
Philosophy of the Social Sciences
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
Colorado Review of Hispanic Studies
Contemporary European History
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Science and Education
Fortress Press
Brandes & Apsel
Harvard University Press
Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura
Oxford University Press
Science and politics
Authoritarianism; totalitarianism
Consumers and consumerism
Controversies and disputes
Science and ideology
Freud, Sigmund
Lysenko, Trofim Denisovich
Lacan, Jacques
Einstein, Albert
Darwin, Charles Robert
Franco, Francisco
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, late
19th century
20th century, early
21st century
Soviet Union
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

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