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Thought, Reform and the Psychology of Totalism : A Study of

Thought, Reform and the Psychology of Totalism

A Study of "Brainwashing" in China


Published: 31st July 1989
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Informed by Erik Erikson's concept of the formation of ego identity, this book, which first appreared in 1961, is an analysis of the experiences of fifteen Chinese citizens and twenty-five Westerners who underwent "brainwashing" by the Communist Chinese government. Robert Lifton constructs these case histories through personal interviews and outlines a thematic pattern of death and rebirth, accompanied by feelings of guilt, that characterizes the process of "thought reform." In a new preface, Lifton addresses the implications of his model for the study of American religious cults.

ISBN: 9780807842539
ISBN-10: 0807842532
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 524
Published: 31st July 1989
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Type: New edition