Crossing the Psycho-social Divide: Freud, Weber, Adorno and by George Cavalletto

By George Cavalletto

The present view between social scientists is that the psyche and the social live in such disparate domain names that their right learn calls for markedly incompatible analytical and theoretical ways. over the past decade students have started to problem this view. during this cutting edge paintings, George Cavalletto strikes this problem ahead via connecting it to theoretical and analytical practices of the early twentieth century. His research of key texts via Sigmund Freud, Max Weber, Theodor Adorno and Norbert Elias indicates that they crossed the psycho-social divide in ways in which may help modern students to re-establish an analytical and theoretical figuring out of the inherent interconnection of those domain names. This ebook will fairly curiosity students and scholars in sociology and social psychology, specially these within the fields of social conception, the sociology of emotion, self and society, and old sociology.

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For it is this type of formulation that one finds in a number of the works of later mainstream social thought that utilized Freud’s notions of psychic internalization and of the superego to explain the conformity of individuals to the demands of society. 20 Another example of this formulation is provided by the psychoanalyst and social theorist Eli Sagan, whose use of the notion of the conformist superego is epitomized by his statement: “Within a racist or sexist society, the superego demands racism and sexism.

12, 15. , 6. ” 2. The Internalization of External Coercion The transformational logic of outward-to-inward, social-to-psyche movement that dominates Freud’s thought in the opening chapters of The Future of an Illusion is not limited to shifts in the framework of analysis from social economy to psychic economy. This logic is also embedded in the structure of Freud’s theoretical conceptualization of the historical development of civilization and of the psychic development of the individual. ’10 The superego transforms “opponents” into “vehicles” of civilization: it turns them into “moral and social beings,” that is, into civilized beings.

For instance, Freud clearly thought of Judaism in quite different terms, as is especially evident in Sigmund Freud, Moses and Monotheism (New York, 1939). 29 Future of an Illusion, 60. Backdating The Future of an Illusion 29 Submissive to authority— How can we expect people who are under the dominance of prohibitions of thought to attain the psychological ideal, the primacy of the intelligence...? 30 And acquiescent to oppression— Religion no longer has the same inuence on people that it used to....

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