Decentralizing power

Paul Goodman's social criticism

Author: Taylor Stoehr

Publisher: Black Rose Books Ltd

ISBN: 9781551640099

Category: Philosophy

Page: 204

View: 2891



Encyclopedia of Modern Jewish Culture

Author: Glenda Abramson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134428642

Category: Reference

Page: 1200

View: 4443


The Encyclopedia of Modern Jewish Culture is an extensively updated revision of the very successful Companion to Jewish Culture published in 1989 and has now been updated throughout. Experts from all over the world contribute entries ranging from 200 to 1000 words broadly, covering the humanities, arts, social sciences, sport and popular culture, and 5000-word essays contextualize the shorter entries, and provide overviews to aspects of culture in the Jewish world. Ideal for student and general readers, the articles and biographies have been written by scholars and academics, musicians, artists and writers, and the book now contains up-to-date bibliographies, suggestions for further reading, comprehensive cross referencing, and a full index. This is a resource, no student of Jewish history will want to go without.

Intellectuals in Action

The Origins of the New Left and Radical Liberalism, 1945-1970

Author: Kevin Mattson

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9780271046709

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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Born in 1966&‚ a generation removed from the counterculture&‚ Kevin Mattson came of political age in the conservative Reagan era. In an effort to understand contemporary political ambivalence and the plight of radicalism today&‚ Mattson looks back to the ideas that informed the protest&‚ social movements&‚ and activism of the 1960s. To accomplish its historical reconstruction&‚ the book combines traditional intellectual biography&—including thorough archival research&—with social history to examine a group of intellectuals whose thinking was crucial in the formulation of New Left political theory. These include C. Wright Mills&‚ the popular radical sociologist; Paul Goodman&‚ a practicing Gestalt therapist and anarcho-pacifist; William Appleman Williams&‚ the historian and famed critic of &"American empire&"; Arnold Kaufman&‚ a &"radical liberal&" who deeply influenced the thinking of the SDS. The book discusses not only their ideas&‚ but also their practices&‚ from writing pamphlets and arranging television debates to forming left-leaning think tanks and organizing teach-ins protesting the Vietnam War. Mattson argues that it is this political engagement balanced with a commitment to truth-telling that is lacking in our own age of postmodern acquiescence. Challenging the standard interpretation of the New Left as inherently in conflict with liberalis&‚ Mattson depicts their relationship as more complicated&‚ pointing to possibilities for a radical liberalism today. Intellectual and social historians&‚ as well as general readers either fascinated by the 1960s protest movements or actively seeking an alternative to our contemporary political malais&‚ will embrace Mattson&’s book and its promise to shed new light on a time period known for both its intriguing conflicts and its enduring consequences.

The Paul Goodman Reader

Author: Paul Goodman,Taylor Stoehr

Publisher: PM Press

ISBN: 1604860588

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 479

View: 6095


A one man think-tank for the New Left, Paul Goodman is both a prolific writer and famed social critic. This compendious volume features excerpts not only from his bestselling titles such as Growing Up Absurd (Vintage, 1973), but also from his landmark books on education, psychotherapy, language, poetics and Anarchism. Also featured are samples from his comic novels, poems and short stories creating a must-have reader of this acclaimed writer's dynamic, engaging and challenging work which continues to resonate.

Here Now Next

Paul Goodman and the Origins of Gestalt Therapy

Author: Taylor Stoehr

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 113489838X

Category: Psychology

Page: 352

View: 3642


Paul Goodman left his mark in a number of fields: he went from being known as a social critic and philosopher of the New Left to poet and literary critic to author of influential works on education (Compulsory Mis-education) and community planning (Communitas). Perhaps his most significant achievement was in his contribution to the founding and theoretical portion of the classic text Gestalt Therapy (with F. S. Perls and R. E. Hefferline, 1951), still regarded as the cornerstone of Gestalt practice. Taylor Stoher's Here Now Next is the first scholarly account of the origins of Gestalt therapy, told from the point of view of its chief theoretician by a man who knew him well. Stoehr describes both Goodman's role in establishing the principal ideas of the Gestalt movement and the ways in which his practice as a therapist changed him, ultimately leading to a new vocation as the "socio-therapist" of the body politic. He places Goodman in the midst of his world, showing how his personal and public life - including his political activities in the 1960s - were transformed by Gestalt ideas, and he presents revealing sketches of other major figures from those days - Fritz Perls, Wilhelm Reich, A. S. Neill, and others.

The Anxieties of Affluence

Critiques of American Consumer Culture, 1939-1979

Author: Daniel Horowitz

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 9781558495043

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 339

View: 6605


This work charts the reactions of prominent American writers to the unprecedented prosperity of the decades following World War II. It examines Lewis Mumford's wartime call for 'democratic' consumption and concludes with an analysis of the origins of Jimmy Carter's 'malaise' speech of 1979.

New Reformation

Notes of a Neolithic Conservative

Author: Paul Goodman

Publisher: PM Press

ISBN: 1604860561

Category: Political Science

Page: 194

View: 534


Paul Goodman set the agenda for the Youth Movement of the Sixties with his best-selling Growing Up Absurd. Under the view that the 1970s presented a moral and spiritual upheaval comparable to the Protestant Reformation, he continued to guide his avid readers. Michael Fisher's introduction situates Goodman in his era and traces the development of his characteristic insights, now common wisdom in the radical critique of Western society.