In this deeply thoughtful book, Elisabeth Young-Bruehl turns a critical lens on prejudice. Surveying the study of prejudice since World War II, Young-Bruehl suggests an approach that distinguishes between different types of prejudices, the people who hold them, the social and political settings that promote them, and the human needs they fulfill. Startling, challenging, and courageous, this work offers an unprecedented analysis of prejudice.
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Elisabeth Young-Bruehl is a psychotherapist at the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. She has written two well-known biographies, one of Hannah Arendt and one of Anna Freud, as well as Freud on Women, Creative Characters, and a collection of essays, Mind and the Body, and a novel, Vigil.From Publishers Weekly:
Rejecting the common assumption that prejudice is a generalized attitude, this dense psychoanalytic study asserts that different prejudices fulfill different needs for various character types. Anti-Semitism, racism and sexism?three "ideologies of desire," or backlashes against movements for equality?all involve stereotypes, projection and faulty generalization, declares psychotherapist Young-Bruehl, biographer of Anna Freud and Hannah Arendt. But the similarities end there, she argues. She links anti-Semitism to the obsessional personality, given to fixed ideas and to sadistic behavior. Racism, in her framework, exemplifies the hysterical character, who unconsciously appoints a group to act out forbidden sexual and aggressive desires. Sexism, a prejudice of the (usually male) narcissistic personality, betrays a desire to control the differences between males and females. Young-Bruehl also probes the roots of homophobia, calling gays and lesbians "all-purpose victims" who fulfill the twisted needs of various prejudiced character types, and she also addresses ethnocentrism, calling it a universal form of prejudice that protects group identity.
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Descripción Harvard University Press, 1996. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110674031903
Descripción Harvard University Press. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 0674031903 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW7.1188452