Christopher Lasch’s The Minimal Self seeks to clarify what his earlier book (The. Culture of Narcissism) apparently left unclear or ambiguous: “that the concern. In his latest book, Christopher Lasch, the renowned historian and social critic, powerfully argues that self-concern, so characteristic of our time, has become a. In “The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations” (), Christopher Lasch described a sea change in the.

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In this tension, in our acknowledgment of this conflict, is our fragile peace.

Books added to shelves without my ok. The subtitle christophher not very revealing. It was era in which I went through high school and university.

Some good stuff in this, but dated. Carolina Pombo rated it really liked it May 01, Like the Boers in South Africa, Americans hunkered down.

Adam sdlf it it was amazing Jan 20, To ask other readers questions about The Minimal Selfplease sign up. Faced with an escalating arms race, rising crime and terrorism, environmental deterioration, and long-term economic decline, people have retreated from commitments that presuppose a secure and orderly world.

To simplify even more dramatically: The Case of Christopher Lasch. He tackles in this book different aspects of society, to show how we are becoming an increasingly isolated peoples, yes there are more of us, but our minds are closing, and he shows us how in the various socio-cultural trends and politico-economic movements and ideologies that had emerged at the time he wrote this book back in The 18th-century belief in straightforward progress modulated to the 19th-century belief in dialectical progress.


Eric Vollmer rated it liked it Feb 22, Its fear of what it might become in a future over which its influence was questionable had a dramatic change on its politics that few but Lasch noticed: But the ways in which it was not also have their claims on our imagination.

A good conservativism is one that seeks forgiveness and reconciliation. But the psychoanalytic theory of narcissism, like the phenomenon itself, has only recently come into its own; and the historiographies of consumerism, professionalism, the family, and the relation between technology and the labor process are all currently in a heroic phase.

The Minimal Self: Psychic Survival in Troubled Times by Christopher Lasch

Tommy rated it it was ok Feb 05, The self must again find a way to cultivate creation instead of dominate it or symbiotically become a part of it. Sep 21, Michael Perkins rated it really liked it. To avoid confusion, what I have called the culture of narcissism might better be characterized, at least for the moment, as a culture of survivalism.

Christopher Lasch, “The Culture of Narcissism”.

Christopher Lasch, “The Minimal Self: Psychic Survival in Troubled Times”

The Age of Limits. In other words, it can become a self, distinct from others and comfortable with the distinction. For Lasch, then, modernization is not the solution but a ,asch form of the problem — the problem, that is, of domination. In an age of images and ideology, however, the difference between reality and fantasy becomes increasingly elusive. Ultimately, he thought himself it would seem as Populist type.


This dilemma is unique in the animal world, since only humans are so helpless for so long after birth. Chrristopher removal from index. By espousing an ideal of personal liberation largely confined to leisure time and heavily dependent on the consumption of goods and services, cultural radicals have conceded defeat.

The Minimal Self

It is not didactic so much as diagnostic, not a sermon but a set of case studies informed by an ambitious and original theory. There was a problem adding your email address. Thomas Bender – – Modern Intellectual History 9 3: Lasch, according to Wikipedia entry on him said that, he had fused social conservatism [especially alsch his support of the Traditional Family] with a Marxist critique of the economy, opposing Cold War Liberalism, and drew on Freudian psychoanalysis to demonstrate the decline of the Tye.

But, outdated over-reliance on Freud’s ego, superego, id makes this a relic. Find it on Scholar.