The Culture of Conformism - CL

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April 2001



Discusses the psychoanalytic concept of "consent"-- the reasons behind it and its effects on power and society.


Introduction - social stratification and the new conformism; rational acquiescence - the police and the marketplace; belief and consent; ideology and emotion; cognitive structure and the example of racism; afterword - working against injustice.


Patrick Colm Hogan is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut. His previous books include "On Interpretation: Meaning and Inference in Law, Psychoanalysis, and Literature" and "Colonialism and Cultural Identity: Crises of Tradition in the Anglophone Literatures of India, Africa, and the Caribbean."


"Reflecting on the principles of government, David Hume was struck by the 'implicit submission' of people to the rulers in all societies even though 'force is always on the side of the governed,' a surprising outcome that he attributes to control of opinion. Patrick Hogan greatly enriches the Humean concept, unravelling an intricate web of 'modes of action and thought' that ensnare the governed in forms of 'implicit submission,' contrary to their deeper motives and ideals and long-term interests. His goal is not merely to explain, but to provide tools of understanding that will be of practical value to those who struggle for justice and freedom. Drawing from an impressive array of sources, his valuable study advances both ends considerably, no mean accomplishment."- Noam Chomsky "A creative, comprehensive, and original study of how a culture of consent is manufactured and sustained."- Ashis Nandy, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies "Given that capitalist society demeans and deprives most of its members, why don't they revolt? Hogan lays out this problematic with elegant directness and lucidity and provides a complex-yet simply drawn-explanation of consent."- Richard Ohmann, Wesleyan College
EAN: 9780822327059
ISBN: 0822327058
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2001
Seitenanzahl: 192 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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