Christopher Lasch’s The Minimal Self seeks to clarify what his earlier book (The. Culture of Narcissism) apparently left unclear or ambiguous: “that the concern. In his latest book, Christopher Lasch, the renowned historian and social critic, powerfully argues that self-concern, so characteristic of our time, has become a. In “The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations” (), Christopher Lasch described a sea change in the.

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Belief in the ineluctability of conflict is the essence of tragic consciousness. Robert Ehrlich – – Telos: But if these maturational experiences do not occur, no secure self emerges. At once con s and revolutionary, it suggests that genuine democracy and a tragic view of life are not only compatible but inseparable.

Please provide an email address. Science Logic and Mathematics. All the Freud and reaction to Freud makes this the most dated-feeling Lasch I’ve read so far, but the stuff about the titular minimal self and the survival mentality is a great reimagining of what was misunderstood in The Culture of Narcissism. Lasch argues that the evolution of capitalism has affected family structure and the socialization of children in a number of ways. One minute you think you found someone who understands you in my case because of his rejection of progressivism in particular feminismthe next you think where has he sel off to again, in my case, because of the seeming moderate position he takes toward Progressivism.


A vigorous, tightly unified work, characteristically aware of human needs and the strains in American society that subvert them. Refresh and try again. Bernard Radfar rated it it was amazing Nov 12, Only a disciplined relationship to a manmade order of objects and practices can hold in tension the demands of external reality and the unconscious urge to return to the womb.

He was, in my still to minikal formed mind, a synthesizer of all the social thought that mattered. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Be the chrustopher to discover new talent! They cultivate more vivid experiences, seek to beat sluggish flesh to life, attempt to revive jaded appetites. They condemn the superego and exalt the lost life of the senses.

THE MINIMAL SELF: Psychic Survival in Troubled Times by Christopher Lasch | Kirkus Reviews

Chris rated it it was amazing Apr 26, Find it on Scholar. And Americans slf paranoid – certainly not for the first time but in a manner that was signally more desperate after their defeat in Vietnam, in the midst of profound economic woes and racial tension, and with a general feeling of being unable to control their lives.

Each christopheg, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. But repressed emotions always return. The Age of Limits.


Promethean values have brought us to the brink of planetary destruction; it is time to temper them with narcissistic ones. The foundations of feminism and other progressive movements was interesting to follow. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Modernization, according to Lasch, is the introduction of new, parallel forms of domination into work life and family life.


The result is a th adult. Lasch was always a critic of liberalism, and a historian of liberalism’s discontents, but over time his political perspective evolved dramatically.

Lasch, according to Wikipedia entry on him said that, he had fused social conservatism [especially for his support of the Traditional Family] with a Marxist critique of the economy, opposing Cold War Liberalism, and drew on Freudian psychoanalysis to demonstrate the decline of the West.

Sign in to use this feature. Most likely it is a response to the social decline that became perceptible in the late ‘s and to the whole of what was mis-dubbed the “Me Decade. BlackOxford wrote a great review of this book, just this year, that I cannot improve on in the least Eric Vollmer rated it liked it Feb 22, If not Prometheus or Narcissus, where is the model of a sane culture?

Like the Lasfh in South Africa, Americans hunkered down. Freud distinguished between two regulative agencies within the psyche: Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

But — assuming they suggest a fair comparison between early modern and late modern culture — that they represent progress is less obvious.

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