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Psychoanalytic-Marxism: Groundwork Paperback – March 5, 1993

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 468 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press (March 5, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898625904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898625905
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,709,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An extremely clear and interesting account of the evolving encounter between two major thought systems. It aims to guide readers from both disciplines, psychoanalysis and social theory, to the point of confluence at which these disciplines converge. Not just an admirable work of intellectual history, PSYCHOANALYTIC MARXISM is also the statement of a psychoanalyst and political theorist who wants to grapple with the major social issues of our time. Wolfenstein summons his clinical experience as well as his wide-ranging knowledge of political theory in order to address in depth the question of how the practice of psychoanalysis can inform our social understanding." --Jessica Benjamin, New York University

"Psychoanalytic-Marxism not only revivifies the topic [for which it's named], but will define it for years to come. A pleasure to read, Wolfenstein's prose is finely tuned and sharply focused. Difficult issues are not made simple, but they are definitely made interesting." --C. Fred Alford, Professor of Government, University of Maryland

"A dazzling tour de force which will be required reading in the future for all those concerned with Marxism, psychoanalysis, or both." --Fred Dallmayr, Professor of Political Theory, University of Notre Dame

"A fascinating analysis of the potential in a Marxian/Psychoanalytic interpretation of social and political reality....PSYCHOANALYTIC MARXISM is an important book...its driving vitality lies in demonstrating how both Marxian and psychoanalytic theorizing is not monolithic; that both traditions are infused by change and transformation; and that psychoanalytic theorizing is a living body of knowledge having advanced considerably from its conceptual origins....It is this spirit of both theories, their energy as living, transforming presences in the concrete daily lives of human beings that makes Wolfenstein's interpretation so compelling." --James M. Glass, University of Maryland

"With [this book's] publication, Freudo-Marxism may finally be said to have come of age. To paraphrase Marx, its prehistory is over; its real history is primed to begin....One of the major intellectual syntheses of our time." --Joel Kovel, MD, Bard College

"It is certainly a perfect book for university classes, and a book the rest of us can profitably read....In this eloquent work Wolfenstein passes on to generations to come an appreciation of grand theory as well as an impassioned argument for universal emancipation." --Terry A. Kupers, The Wright Insititute, Berkeley, CA

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The author may plod a bit, be more meticulous than the casual reader might want, but the explanation is abundantly clear, even with charts (!), and the grasp of the writer of the issue at hand is profound, from Hegel through Reich, Fromm, Marcuse, Marx, and perhaps beyond. While I cannot accept his bow to what I see as a Leninist view of nationalism in the colonies as a revolutionary subject, nevertheless it is more than worth the while to work your way through to the end, so you will come to grips with the key questions of any social movement that wants to address rational knowledge, sensuality, work, and the struggle for freedom.
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