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Illustrates the possibilities for Pragmatic Critical Theory
Describes the relevance of a psychodynamic perspective for the social sciences
Shows what a return of Critical Theory to its social science roots can produce
This book returns critical theory to its roots in both psychology and the social sciences. It shows some of the relationships between equality in a political and social sense and personal identity that either relates well to such equality, or rebels against it. All this reflects processes of social and cultural influence that involve not only random change but also processes of social and cultural evolution that themselves have effects regarding potentials for self-fulfillment and even public morality. This book provides a framework to help one study the interaction between individual aspirations and social opportunities.
Jerome Braun, known for his writings in interdisciplinary social science, an approach he calls pragmatic critical theory, here provides a book that discusses issues relevant to the moral underpinnings of democratic society, including issues of social evolution and of culture and personality.
This book will be of particular interest to scholars and students of Psychology (particularly in the areas of Political Psychology, Psychology of Personality and Cultural Psychology), Sociology (especially those interested in Sociology of Alienation and Sociology of Culture, as well as Historical Sociology, Political Sociology and Sociology of Mental Health), Anthropology (particularly in the areas of Psychological Anthropology and Political Anthropology), Cultural Studies, and Social Theory as well as Political Theory in general.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Alienation in Modern Society - Critical Theory - Democratic Culture and Personality - Ensuring Personal Freedom - Modernity - Nationalism and Juvenile Delinquency - Personal Relationships - Personal and Impersonal Forms of Exploitation - Post-Feudal American Society - Pragmatism Basis of American Culture - Psychology of Personality and of Personal Relationships - Social Evolution - The Self in Democratic Societies - Understanding and Spreading Democracy