The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in An Age of Diminishing Expectations

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Author: Christopher Lasch

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393356922

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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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.

Narzissmus

Dem inneren Gefängnis entfliehen

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Author: Heinz-Peter Röhr

Publisher: Patmos Verlag

ISBN: 3843609020

Category: Psychology

Page: 192

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Menschen mit einer narzisstischen Persönlichkeitsstörung haben ein krankhaftes Bedürfnis nach Bewunderung: Männer stellen sich häufig rücksichtslos in den Mittelpunkt, Frauen versuchen oft, anderen alles recht zu machen. Der Autor veranschaulicht Entstehung, Verlauf und Heilungsmöglichkeiten dieses weit verbreiteten Leidens.

In the Fire of the Burning Bush

An Initiation to the Spiritual Life

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Author: Marko Ivan Rupnik

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802828323

Category: Religion

Page: 109

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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.

Der Europäische Traum

Die Vision einer leisen Supermacht

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Author: Jeremy Rifkin

Publisher: Campus Verlag

ISBN: 3593400928

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

View: 1923

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.

Typisch amerikanisch

wie die Amerikaner wurden, was sie sind

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Author: Hans-Dieter Gelfert

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 9783406494062

Category: National characteristics, American

Page: 193

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Engineering Society

The Role of the Human and Social Sciences in Modern Societies, 1880-1980

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Author: Kerstin Brückweh,Richard F. Wetzell

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137284501

Category: Social Science

Page: 318

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Explaining crime by reference to abnormalities of the brain is just one example of how the human and social sciences have influenced the approach to social problems in Western societies since 1880. Focusing on applications such as penal policy, therapy, and marketing, this volume examines how these sciences have become embedded in society.

Die Selbstsucht der anderen

Ein Essay über Narzissmus

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Author: Kristin Dombek

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518748785

Category: Political Science

Page: 160

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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

Glimpses of Another Land

Political Hopes, Spiritual Longing: Essays

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Author: Eric Miller

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621894150

Category: Religion

Page: 190

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In Glimpses of Another Land, Eric Miller takes the reader across the American landscape in quest of insight into our times. For those facing challenges and choices from all sides, Miller offers not analysis so much as reorientation--the kind of sharpened vision that redirects movement. An age featuring 9/11 as its defining moment surely requires probing reflection and judgment. Here Eric Miller, with an alert eye and keen voice, provides both.

The Sociology of Religion

A Substantive and Transdisciplinary Approach

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Author: George Lundskow

Publisher: Pine Forge Press

ISBN: 1412937213

Category: Social Science

Page: 445

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Using a lively narrative, The Sociology of Religion is an insightful text that follows the logic of actual research, first investigating the facts of religion in all its great diversity, including its practices and beliefs, and then analyzing actual examples of religious developments using relevant conceptual frameworks. As a result, students actively engage in the discovery, learning, and analytical processes as they progress through the textùjust as a scholar pursues knowledge in the field and then applies theoretical constructs to interpret findings.This unique text is organized around essential topics and real-life issues and examines religion both as an object of sociological analysis as well as a device for seeking personal meaning in life. While primarily sociological in focus, the text incorporates relevant interdisciplinary scholarshipùthus teaching sociological perspectives on religion while introducing students to relevant research from other fields. Sidebar features and photographs of religious figures bring the text to life for readers.Key Features and Benefits:Uses substantive and truly contemporary real-life religious issues of current interest to engage the reader in a way few other texts doCombines theory with empirical examples drawn from the United States and around the world, emphasizing a critical and analytical perspective that encourages better understanding of the material presentedFeatures discussions of emergent religions, consumerism, and the link between religion, sports, and other forms of popular cultureDraws upon interdisciplinary literature, helping students appreciate the contributions of other disciplines while primarily developing an understanding of the sociology of religion InstructorÆs Resources on CD-ROM· InstructorÆs Resources on CD-ROM contains chapter outlines, summaries, multiple-choice questions, essay questions, and short answer questions as well as illustrations from the book. Contact Customer Care at 1-800-818-SAGE (7243) to request a copy (6:00 a.m.û5:00 p.m., PST).Intended Audience: This core text is designed for upper-level undergraduate students of Sociology of Religion or Religion and Politics.

The Limits of Idealism

When Good Intentions Go Bad

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Author: Melvyn L. Fein

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0585296014

Category: Social Science

Page: 265

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If the truth be known, I am only a partially reformed idealist. In the secret depths of my soul, I still wish to make the world a better place and sometimes fantasize about heroically eradicating its faults. When I encounter its limitations, it is consequently with deep regret and continued surprise. How, I ask myself, is it possible that that which seems so fight can be a chimera? And why, I wonder, aren't people as courageous, smart, or nice as I would like? The pain of realizing these things is sometimes so intense that I want to close my eyes and lose myself in the kinds of daydreams that comforted me as a youngster. One thing is clear, my need to come to grips with my idealism had its origin in a lifetime of naivet6. From the beginning, I wanted to be a "good" person. Often when life was most treacherous, I retreated into a comer from whence I escaped into reveries of moral glory. When I was very young, my faith was in religion. In Hebrew school, I took my lessons seriously and tried to apply them at home. By my teen years, this had been replaced by an allegiance to socialism. In the Brooklyn where I grew up, my teachers and relatives made this seem the natural course. When I reached my twenties, however, and was obliged to confront a series of personal deficiencies, psychotherapy shouldered its way to the fore.

Age of Icons

Exploring Philanthrocapitalism in the Contemporary World

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Author: Gavin Fridell,Martijn Konings

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442696230

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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Celebrities are increasingly front and centre in public debates on everything from solving world poverty to halting genocide, confronting obesity, and finding spiritual contentment. Bono, Bill Gates, Al Gore, Bob Geldof, Oprah, Madonna, and Angelina Jolie are just some of the entertainers, politicians, pundits, elite business people, and policy-makers whose highly visible political activism has become an integral part of their public personas. These pop icons tend to be celebrated as “philanthrocapitalists” with a unique ability to remedy the world’s problems. However, as Age of Icons demonstrates, the solutions these icons promote for addressing global injustice, when examined critically, can be seen to work through the very same institutions that create these problems in the first place. This volume assesses the growing role of popular icons in the construction of a culture that appears to incorporate a critical attitude towards the capitalist experience while, in fact, legitimizing the neoliberal character of the modern world. It will be an eye-opening read for anyone interested in the juncture between current events and celebrity culture.

Self Help, Inc.

Makeover Culture in American Life

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Author: Micki McGee

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199883688

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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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.

Hitchcock's America

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Author: Jonathan Freedman,Richard Millington

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195353310

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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Alfred Hitchcock's American films are not only among the most admired works in world cinema, they also offer some of our most acute responses to the changing shape of American society in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. The authors of this anthology show how famous films such as Strangers on a Train, Vertigo, North by Northwest, and Rear Window, along with more obscure ones such as Rope, The Wrong Man, and Family Plot, register the ideologies and insurgencies, the normative assumptions and the cultural alternatives, that shaped these tumultuous decades. They argue that, just as these films occupy a visual landscape defined by the grand monuments of American civic life--Mt. Rushmore, the Statue of Liberty, the United Nations--they are also marked by their preoccupation with the social mores and private practices of mid-century America. Not only are big-city and suburban life the explicit subjects of films like Rear Window and Shadow of a Doubt, so are the forms of experience that emerge within these social spaces, whether the urban voyeurism examined by the former or the intertwining of banality and violence depicted in the latter. Indeed, just about every form of American life that was achieving social power at this time--the national security state; the science and art of psychoanalysis; the privileging of the free-wheeling, improvisatory self; the postwar codification and fissuring of gender roles; road-culture and its ancillary creation, the motel--is given detailed, critical, and mordant examination in Hitchcocks films. The Hitchcock who emerges is not merely the inspired technician and psychological excavator that critics of the past two generations have justly hailed; he is also a cultural critic of remarkable insight and undeniable prescience.

You, the People

American National Identity in Presidential Rhetoric

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Author: Vanessa B. Beasley

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1603442987

Category: Political Science

Page: 216

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New in paperback As we ask anew in these troubled times what it means to be an American, You, the People provides perspective by casting its eye over the answers given by past U.S. presidents in their addresses to the public. Who is an American, and who is not? And yet, as Vanessa Beasley demonstrates in this eloquent exploration of a century of presidential speeches, the questions are not new. Since the Founders first identified the nation as “we, the people,” the faces and accents of U.S. citizens have changed dramatically due to immigration and other constitutive changes. U.S. presidents have often spoken as if there were one monolithic American people. Here Beasley traces rhetorical constructions of American national identity in presidents’ inaugural addresses and state of the union messages from 1885 through 2000. She argues convincingly that while the demographics of the voting citizenry changed rapidly during this period, presidential definitions of American national identity did not. Chief executives have consistently employed a rhetoric of American nationalism that is simultaneously inclusive and exclusive; Beasley examines both the genius and the limitations of this language.

Decade of Nightmares

The End of the Sixties and the Making of Eighties America

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Author: Philip Jenkins

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199884447

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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Why did the youthful optimism and openness of the sixties give way to Ronald Reagan and the spirit of conservative reaction--a spirit that remains ascendant today? Drawing on a wide array of sources--including tabloid journalism, popular fiction, movies, and television shows--Philip Jenkins argues that a remarkable confluence of panics, scares, and a few genuine threats created a climate of fear that led to the conservative reaction. He identifies 1975 to 1986 as the watershed years. During this time, he says, there was a sharp increase in perceived threats to our security at home and abroad. At home, America seemed to be threatened by monstrous criminals--serial killers, child abusers, Satanic cults, and predatory drug dealers, to name just a few. On the international scene, we were confronted by the Soviet Union and its evil empire, by OPEC with its stranglehold on global oil, by the Ayatollahs who made hostages of our diplomats in Iran. Increasingly, these dangers began to be described in terms of moral evil. Rejecting the radicalism of the '60s, which many saw as the source of the crisis, Americans adopted a more pessimistic interpretation of human behavior, which harked back to much older themes in American culture. This simpler but darker vision ultimately brought us Ronald Reagan and the ascendancy of the political Right, which more than two decades later shows no sign of loosening its grip. Writing in his usual crisp and witty prose, Jenkins offers a truly original and persuasive account of a period that continues to fascinate the American public. It is bound to captivate anyone who lived through this period, as well as all those who want to understand the forces that transformed--and continue to define--the American political landscape.

Battleground: A-N

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Author: Robin Andersen,Jonathan Alan Gray

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313341687

Category: Mass media

Page: 633

View: 1981

Provides an overview of the many debates and controversial topics currently connected with our media, providing context, definitions, notable programs, important media events and their historical significance, and future trends.

Under the Big Top

Big Tent Revivalism and American Culture, 1885-1925

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Author: Josh McMullen

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190266740

Category: Religion

Page: 248

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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.

Beyond Vietnam

The Politics of Protest in Massachusetts, 1974-1990

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Author: Robert Surbrug

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 9781558497122

Category: History

Page: 323

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Narratives of the 1960s typically describe an ascending arc of political activism that peaked in 1968, then began a precipitous descent as the revolutionary dreams of the New Left failed to come to fruition. The May 1970 killings at Kent State often stand as an epitaph to a decade of protest, after which the principal story becomes the resurgence of the right. In Beyond Vietnam: The Politics of Protest in Massachusetts, 1974-1990, Robert Surbrug challenges this prevailing paradigm by examining three protest movements that were direct descendants of Vietnam-era activism: the movement against nuclear energy; the nuclear weapons freeze movement; and the Central American solidarity movement. Drawing lessons from the successes and failures of the preceding era, these movements had a significant impact on the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, which itself had been undergoing major transformations in the wake of the 1960s. By focusing on one state--Massachusetts--Surbrug is able to illuminate the interaction between the activist left and mainstream liberalism, showing how each influenced the other and how together they helped shape the politics of the 1970s and 1980s. During these years, Massachusetts emerged as a center of opposition to nuclear power, the continuing Cold War arms race, and Ronald Reagan's interventionist policies in Central America. The state's role in national policy was greatly enhanced by prominent political figures such as Senator Edward Kennedy, Speaker of the House Thomas "Tip" O'Neill, presidential candidate Governor Michael Dukakis, Vietnam veteran Senator John Kerry, and moderate Republican Silvio Conte. What Beyond Vietnam shows is that the rise of the right in the aftermath of the 1960s was by no means a unilateral ascendancy. Instead it involved a bifurcation of American politics in which an increasingly strong conservative movement was vigorously contested by an activist left and a reinvigorated mainstream liberalism.