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The Culture of Narcissism : American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations - Christopher Lasch

The Culture of Narcissism

American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations

Paperback Published: 1st May 1991
ISBN: 9780393307382
Number Of Pages: 304

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When The Culture of Narcissism was first published, it was clear that Christopher Lasch had identified something important: what was happening to American society in the wake of the decline of the family over the last century. The book quickly became a bestseller. This edition includes a new afterword, "The Culture of Narcissim Revisited."

"Formidable intellectual grasp and the kind of moral conviction rarely found in contemporary, value-neutral history and sociology... Lasch is on to something quite real." -- Time "His vigorous appraisal of contemporary American life is to be admired as much for the perspicacity of his observations as for the contancy of this argument and the scope of his supporting references... Few write with his penetration, intelligence, and historical expertise." -- Kirkus Reviews "Christopher Lasch has gone to the heart of our culture. The insights into personality and its social context are stunning. This is a courageous, important book." -- Michael Rogin, University of California, Berkeley "Cultural history at its best... Provokes, startles, and keeps the reader arguing with himself as well as with the writer... A book of fundamental importance." -- Bruce Mazlish, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Prefacep. xiii
the Awareness Movement and the Social Invasion of the Selfp. 3
the Narcissistic Personality of Our Timep. 31
Changing Modes of Making It: from Horatio Alger to the Happy Hookerp. 52
the Banality of Pseudo-Self-Awareness: Theatrics of Politics and Everyday Existencep. 71
the Degradation of Sportp. 100
Schooling and the New Illiteracyp. 125
the Socialization of Reproduction and the Collapse of Authorityp. 154
the Flight from Feeling: Sociopsychology of the Sex Warp. 187
the Shattered Faith in the Regeneration of Lifep. 207
Paternalism Without Fatherp. 218
Afterword: the Culture of Narcissism Revisitedp. 237
Notesp. 251
Indexp. 275
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ISBN: 9780393307382
ISBN-10: 0393307387
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st May 1991
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1