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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It was era in which I went through high school and university. Having internalized the social restraints by means of which they formerly sought to keep possibility within civilized limits, they feel themselves overwhelmed by an annihilating boredom, like animals whose instincts have withered in captivity. An interpretation is above all an act of imagination.

BlackOxford wrote a great review of this book, just this year, that I cannot improve on in the least He was, in my still to be formed mind, a synthesizer of all the social thought that mattered. Ultimately, he thought himself it would seem as Populist type. It is ultimately destructive: Maybe it shows how sick I am that I love reading books with the theme ‘who wouldn’t feel sick in this sick, sick society? Sep 15, BlackOxford rated it it was amazing Shelves: The infant represses its rage.

In generating a mass culture glutted with rapidly obsolescing commodities and transient images, it blurs the distinction between reality and illusion and renders the world of objects unstable and bewildering. One could do worse, therefore, than to revisit Lasch and his frightenly prescient work today.


But if these maturational experiences do not occur, no secure self emerges.

People nowadays complain of an inability to feel. No doubt the past was in some ways a happier time. And Americans were 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.

The Minimal Self: Psychic Survival in Troubled Times by Christopher Lasch

Hence its first mental experience is a sense of omnipotence. Trivia About The Minimal Self Sign in Create an account.

Thomas Wylton Against Minimal Chrisopher. Lasch’s analysis of the destruction of the self is also quite lqsch to the ideological complex of what is broadly denoted as “postmodernism”, and generalizable to the ethos of popular culture as a whole. The Trumpians are indeed driven by a passion.

Thomas rated it it was ok Jul 04, Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Books by Christopher Lasch. Nov 14, Giuseppe D’Antonio rated it it was amazing Shelves: In a word, used by Lasch, the country was beleaguered. Christopher Lasch and Political Theory.

Christopher Lasch, “The Minimal Self: Psychic Survival in Troubled Times”

History of Western Philosophy. This entry has no external links. The examples used to illustrate sections on art, politics, and therapy were particularly good. Christopher Lasch – – In Arthur M. Got me finally to watch ‘My Dinner with Andre,’ which is pretty much this book in movie form.

Lasch sought to use history as a tool to awaken American society to the pervasiveness with which major institutions, public and private, were eroding the competence and independence of families and communities.

Aug 09, Tucker rated it really liked it Shelves: A preoccupation with survival, its “”grave and trivial”” forms, persists because of the history of slaughter in our century and because of the continuing threat of nuclear war. The result is a neurotic adult. This constellation of symptoms is known with in psychoanalytic theory as narcissism: Marcus rated it really liked it Aug 20, At once con s and revolutionary, it suggests that genuine democracy and a tragic view of life are not only compatible but inseparable.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Freudian feminists have put this familiar notion into its most sophisticated form. It refers to a self threatened with disintegration and by a sense of inner emptiness.

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Its fear of what it might become in a future over which its influence was questionable had a dramatic change on its politics that few but Lasch noticed: Their criticisms have been twofold: Tom Hoffman – – Critical Review 13 Eventually, industry organized management itself along industrial lines, splitting up the production of knowledge into routinized operations carried on by semiskilled clerical labor secretaries, typists, computer card punchers, and other lackeys.

This dilemma is unique in the sekf world, since only humans are so helpless for so long after birth. The socialization of production — under the control of private industry — proletarianized the labor force in the same way that the socialization of reproduction proletarianized parenthood, by making parents unable to provide for their own needs without the supervision of trained experts.

They tend, rather, to be consumed with rage, which derives from defenses against desire and gives rise in turn to new defenses against rage itself. Lasch argues that the evolution of capitalism has affected family structure and the socialization of children in a number of ways. Want to Read saving…. His christophfr during this period are considered contradictory.