Author: Christopher Lasch
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date: 2018-10-23
Genre: Social Science
The classic New York Times bestseller, with a new introduction by E.J. Dionne Jr. When The Culture of Narcissism was first published in 1979, Christopher Lasch was hailed as a “biblical prophet” (Time). Lasch’s identification of narcissism as not only an individual ailment but also a burgeoning social epidemic was groundbreaking. His diagnosis of American culture is even more relevant today, predicting the limitless expansion of the anxious and grasping narcissistic self into every part of American life. The Culture of Narcissism offers an astute and urgent analysis of what we need to know in these troubled times.
Man gibt den Namen eines beliebigen Prominenten in eine Suchmaschine ein, fügt ein N und ein A hinzu, und schon hat man die Diagnose: Narzissmus! Donald Trump leidet darunter, Mark Zuckerberg auch, Cristiano Ronaldo sowieso. Der Vorwurf ist so allgegenwärtig, dass man meinen könnte, »Narzisst« sei nur noch ein Synonym für »Idiot«. Kristin Dombek nimmt diese Unschärfe zum Anlass, sich durch die expandierende »Narzisssphäre« zu klicken, Diagnosehandbücher zu wälzen, Ovid und Knausgård zu lesen. Sie dekonstruiert den Hype um die vermeintliche Selbstsuchtepidemie und fügt der Liste der Persönlichkeitsstörungen eine weitere hinzu: Wenn Sie glauben, Sie seien von Egoisten umgeben, die Sie hemmungslos ausnutzen wollen, leiden möglicherweise Sie an Narziphobie. »Ich habe dieses Buch an einem Tag gelesen – völlig gebannt, sogar blind für mein eigenes Spiegelbild in den dunklen U-Bahn-Fenstern – und ich war dankbar dafür, dass es so fesselnd war, den ich spürte sogar schon die Ungeduld derjenigen, denen ich das Buch leihen wollte. Kristin Dombek hat ihr ganz eigenes Seelen-Abhörgerät entwickelt, ein präzises Instrument von rücksichtsvoller Neugier.« Leslie Jamison, Autorin von Die Empathie-Tests »Wie fühlt es sich an, in unserer Zeit zu leben? Diese grundsätzliche und vielbehandelte Frage muss man Kristin Dombek stellen, einer der besonnensten und schlausten Autorinnen, die heutzutage schreiben. Ihre Werke sind scharfsinnig, bedeutungsvoll und unvergleichlich. Mit ihrem Buch über Selbstsucht hat sie uns allen etwas Gutes getan – dafür kann man ihr dankbar sein.« Elif Batuman »Die Selbstsucht der anderen ist das eigenartigste und tollste Buch, das ich in diesem Jahr gelesen habe. Mit hellseherischer Klarheit schreibt sie von Liebe, Hass, dem Internet, Psychologie, Egoismus. Eine Tour de Force und ein Meisterstück humorvollen Intellekts.« Mark Greif
Author: M. Federici
Release Date: 2013-05-01
Genre: Social Science
By identifying and illustrating aspects of American culture that are out of sync with the modest republicanism that gave rise to the United States in the late eighteenth century, the contributors to this volume expose the vulgarity and excess of American culture.
Welches politische System bietet langfristig Frieden, Gerechtigkeit und Humanität? Jeremy Rifkin macht sich auf die Suche nach einer neuen, zukunftsfähigen Weltordnung. Und er findet sie - in Europa. Der alte Kontinent ist der Hoffnungsträger für eine gerechtere Welt.
Under the Big Top examines the immensely popular big tent revivals of turn-of-the-twentieth-century America and develops a new framework for understanding Protestantism in this transformative period of the nation's history. Contemporary critics of the revivalists often depicted them as anxious and outdated religious opponents of a modern, urban nation. Early historical accounts likewise portrayed tent revivalists as Victorian hold-outs, bent on re-establishing nineteenth-century values and religion in a new America. In this revisionist work, Josh McMullen argues that, contrary to these stereotypes, big tent revivalists actually participated in the shift away from Victorianism and helped in the construction of a new consumer culture in the United States. How did the United States became the most consumer-driven and yet one of the most religious societies in the western world? McMullen shows that revivalists and their audiences reconciled the Protestant ethic of salvation with the emerging consumer ethos by cautiously unlinking Christianity from Victorianism and joining it to the new, emerging consumer culture. Under the Big Top helps to explain the continued appeal of both the therapeutic and the salvific worldview to many Americans as well as the ambivalence that accompanies this combination.
Author: C. Ben Mitchell
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Family & Relationships
Aging is a fact of life, and issues surrounding it are hot. There are currently 35 million Americans over the age of sixty-five -- more than ever. This demographic shift is noteworthy not only because the ranks of the elderly will continue to swell in coming years but also because it is taking place in what the editors of this book call an "ageist society," one that increasingly loathes every facet of aging. Indeed, the ethical issues associated with aging are among the thorniest in medicine and public policy today. Aging, Death, and the Quest for Immortality is a timely volume by physicians, health-care professionals, pastors, and ethicists who explore the experiences, dilemmas, and possibilities associated with aging. The book opens by offering three distinct perspectives on aging; this section includes practical suggestions for dealing with retirement, disability, healing, and death. Several contributors then analyze controversial ethical issues raised by aging and health care, including medical decision-making, the moral standing of patients with dementia, health-care rationing, and assisted suicide. A third group of essays applies a theology of care to ministry to and through older adults, the counseling of seniors, and the application of palliative care. The book closes by discussing some of the emerging technologies and interest groups aimed at achieving immortality, also asking, appropriately, what insights the Christian faith brings to the discussion. Reflecting much wisdom and sensitivity, this book will give welcome help to care providers and to those who are themselves in the later stages of life. Book jacket.
Author: Micki McGee
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2005-09-08
Genre: Social Science
Why doesn't self-help help? Cultural critic Micki McGee puts forward this paradoxical question as she looks at a world where the market for self-improvement products--books, audiotapes, and extreme makeovers--is exploding, and there seems to be no end in sight. Rather than seeing narcissism at the root of the self-help craze, as others have contended, McGee shows a nation relying on self-help culture for advice on how to cope in an increasingly volatile and competitive work world. Self-Help, Inc. reveals how makeover culture traps Americans in endless cycles of self-invention and overwork as they struggle to stay ahead of a rapidly restructuring economic order. A lucid and fascinating treatment of the modern obsession with work and self-improvement, this lively book will strike a chord with its acute diagnosis of the self-help trap and its sharp suggestions for how we can address the alienating conditions of modern work and family life.
Author: Edward D. Berkowitz
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Release Date: 2005-12-27
In both the literal and metaphorical senses, it seemed as if 1970s America was running out of gas. The decade not only witnessed long lines at gas stations but a citizenry that had grown weary and disillusioned. High unemployment, runaway inflation, and the energy crisis, caused in part by U.S. dependence on Arab oil, characterized an increasingly bleak economic situation. As Edward D. Berkowitz demonstrates, the end of the postwar economic boom, Watergate, and defeat in Vietnam led to an unraveling of the national consensus. During the decade, ideas about the United States, how it should be governed, and how its economy should be managed changed dramatically. Berkowitz argues that the postwar faith in sweeping social programs and a global U.S. mission was replaced by a more skeptical attitude about government's ability to positively affect society. From Woody Allen to Watergate, from the decline of the steel industry to the rise of Bill Gates, and from Saturday Night Fever to the Sunday morning fervor of evangelical preachers, Berkowitz captures the history, tone, and spirit of the seventies. He explores the decade's major political events and movements, including the rise and fall of détente, congressional reform, changes in healthcare policies, and the hostage crisis in Iran. The seventies also gave birth to several social movements and the "rights revolution," in which women, gays and lesbians, and people with disabilities all successfully fought for greater legal and social recognition. At the same time, reaction to these social movements as well as the issue of abortion introduced a new facet into American political life-the rise of powerful, politically conservative religious organizations and activists. Berkowitz also considers important shifts in American popular culture, recounting the creative renaissance in American film as well as the birth of the Hollywood blockbuster. He discusses how television programs such as All in the Family and Charlie's Angels offered Americans both a reflection of and an escape from the problems gripping the country.
Author: Marko Ivan Rupnik
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Release Date: 2004-09-24
The Ressourcement: Retrieval and Renewal in Catholic Thought series offers the best in twentieth-century Catholicism: theology and philosophy that draw on the riches of the Church's two-thousand-year tradition, literature and cultural studies that give renewed form to a classical Catholic sensibility.
Author: Jay R. Slosar
Release Date: 2009
In the wake of the 2008-2009 economic recession, this revealing work offers a psychological explanation of how we as a nation grapple with self-control and how we can develop a new and healthier generation. * Numerous vignettes and case studies illustrate the major themes of the book * Dozens of research citations at the end of each chapter * An extensive bibliography referencing 75 professional journals and 48 books * A comprehensive index