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Christopher Lasch's the culture of narcissism the failure of a critique of psychological politics

Jan De Vos UGent (2010) THEORY & PSYCHOLOGY. 20(4). p.528-548
abstract
Christopher Lasch's bestseller The Culture of Narcissism had, beyond doubt, a significant impact-it was even read in the White House. Today it is not only still frequently taught and referenced, there are also still empirical studies conducted which try to verify Lasch's assertion of the preponderance of the narcissistic personality. This paper re-reads the book as a critique of psychologization processes, and this allows us to discern, besides the flaws in Lasch's approach, a fundamental insight which goes largely unnoticed by both Lasch's opponents and his proponents. Following this, the article will situate subjectivity within the matrix of psychology, science, psychoanalysis, and politics. In this way a critique of contemporary forms of psychologization-psychologization under globalization, as it were-is made possible.
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author
organization
year
type
journalArticle (original)
publication status
published
subject
keyword
psychoanalysis, psychologization, Lasch, narcissistic personality
journal title
THEORY & PSYCHOLOGY
Theory Psychol.
volume
20
issue
4
pages
528 - 548
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000281149100004
JCR category
PSYCHOLOGY, MULTIDISCIPLINARY
JCR impact factor
1.062 (2010)
JCR rank
61/120 (2010)
JCR quartile
3 (2010)
ISSN
0959-3543
DOI
10.1177/0959354309351764
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
1028366
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1028366
date created
2010-08-24 14:45:32
date last changed
2016-12-19 15:46:24
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  abstract     = {Christopher Lasch's bestseller The Culture of Narcissism had, beyond doubt, a significant impact-it was even read in the White House. Today it is not only still frequently taught and referenced, there are also still empirical studies conducted which try to verify Lasch's assertion of the preponderance of the narcissistic personality. This paper re-reads the book as a critique of psychologization processes, and this allows us to discern, besides the flaws in Lasch's approach, a fundamental insight which goes largely unnoticed by both Lasch's opponents and his proponents. Following this, the article will situate subjectivity within the matrix of psychology, science, psychoanalysis, and politics. In this way a critique of contemporary forms of psychologization-psychologization under globalization, as it were-is made possible.},
  author       = {De Vos, Jan},
  issn         = {0959-3543},
  journal      = {THEORY \& PSYCHOLOGY},
  keyword      = {psychoanalysis,psychologization,Lasch,narcissistic personality},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {528--548},
  title        = {Christopher Lasch's the culture of narcissism the failure of a critique of psychological politics},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0959354309351764},
  volume       = {20},
  year         = {2010},
}

Chicago
De Vos, Jan. 2010. “Christopher Lasch’s the Culture of Narcissism the Failure of a Critique of Psychological Politics.” Theory & Psychology 20 (4): 528–548.
APA
De Vos, Jan. (2010). Christopher Lasch’s the culture of narcissism the failure of a critique of psychological politics. THEORY & PSYCHOLOGY, 20(4), 528–548.
Vancouver
1.
De Vos J. Christopher Lasch’s the culture of narcissism the failure of a critique of psychological politics. THEORY & PSYCHOLOGY. 2010;20(4):528–48.
MLA
De Vos, Jan. “Christopher Lasch’s the Culture of Narcissism the Failure of a Critique of Psychological Politics.” THEORY & PSYCHOLOGY 20.4 (2010): 528–548. Print.