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Political Freud : a history

Author: Eli Zaretsky, dr.
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback edView all editions and formats
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  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Sigmund Freud; Sigmund Freud
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eli Zaretsky, dr.
ISBN: 9780231172455 0231172451 9780231172448 0231172443
OCLC Number: 1039681009
Awards: Winner of Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2016
Description: 228 str. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgments Introduction: Political Freud 1. Psychoanalysis and the Spirit of Capitalism 2. Beyond the Blues: The Racial Unconscious and Collective Memory 3. In the Shadow of the Holocaust: Rereading Freud's Moses 4. The Ego at War: From the Death Instinct to Precarious Life 5. From the Maturity Ethic to the Psychology of Power: The New Left, Feminism, and the Return to "Social Reality" Afterword: Freud in the Twenty-first Century Notes Index
Responsibility: Eli Zaretsky.


Political Freud considers how twentieth century radicals, activists, and thinkers used Freudian thought to understand the political developments of their times. Eli Zaretsky shows how important  Read more...


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