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Anatomies of Modern Discontent
Visions from the Human Sciences

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ISBN 9780367535032
March 4, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

This book provides an overview and analysis of the thought of figures across the human and social sciences on the character, causes, and consequences of discontent in modern societies. Exploring the important social and cultural conditions associated with modernity, it focuses on the contributions of thirty-eight prominent scholars from the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries – philosophers, historians, and social scientists – on the subject of discontent and social malaise, and individual and collective well-being. Thematically organised, this volume offers brief portraits of the lives and key ideas of these thinkers, leading towards a presentation of modernity as a ‘differentiated complaint’. Reclaiming an important tradition in the human and social sciences that sees life in grand scale, that integrates personal affairs with social and cultural matters, and that dares people to recommit themselves to this broader vision of human involvement, Anatomies of Modern Discontent will appeal to readers across the social sciences and humanities, particularly those with interests in social theory, sociology and philosophy.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Modernity’s Challenges to Self

Part I: New Patterns of Social Experience

1. Karl Marx: Alienation under Capitalism

2. Emile Durkheim: The Search for Social Connection

3. Max Weber: Rationalization’s Iron Grip

4. Georg Simmel: Marginality as the Modern Condition

5. Erich Kahler: Split from Without – and Within

6. Robert Nisbet: The Eclipse of Community

7. Robert Bellah: Communitarianism and Religion in a Post-Traditional World

8. Daniel Bell: Capitalism’s Contradictions

9. Hannah Arendt: Politics as Possibility

Part II: Culture Transformed

10. Johan Huizinga: The Decline of the Play Spirit

11. Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno: The Perils of Enlightenment

12. David Riesman: Seeking Autonomy in the Other-Directed Society

13. Daniel Boorstin: Extravagant Expectations

14. Lewis Mumford: In the Shadows of the Machine

15. Jane Jacobs: Cities Where People Matter

16. Marshall Berman: Swimming in the Maelstrom

17. Christopher Lasch: Cultural Narcissism

18. Juliet Schor: The Work and Spend Cycle

Part III: Forms of Inequality

18. C. Wright Mills: Social Structure, Elites, and Masses

19. Michel Foucault: Knowledge as Control

20. Simone De Beauvoir: Woman as Other

21. W.E.B. Du Bois: Divided Consciousness

22. Franz Fanon: The Long Reach of Colonialism

23. Margaret Mead: The Enculturation of Gender

24. Lillian Rubin: Worlds of Pain

25. Betty Friedan: Responding to Traps of Gender and Age

26. William Julius Wilson: Dilemmas of the Truly Disadvantaged

Part IV: Modern Selves

27. Sigmund Freud: Repression and Other Conflicts

28. Erich Fromm: Society Against Self

29. Herbert Marcuse: Resistance in the Affluent Society

30. Norman O. Brown: Embracing Life – and Death

31. Jean-Paul Sartre: Nausea – and Reorientation

32. Erving Goffman: Managing Modern Identities

33. Arlie Hochschild: Commercialized Feeling

34. Anthony Giddens: Challenges to Self in a Runaway World

35. Kenneth Gergen: Saturated Selves

36. Martin Buber: Personhood as Dialogue

Conclusion: An Anatomy of Modern Discontent

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Thomas S. Henricks is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Elon University, USA. He is the author of Selves, Societies, and Emotions: Understanding the Pathways of Experience; Play and the Human Condition; Play: A Basic Pathway to the Self; and Play Reconsidered: Sociological Perspectives on Human Expression and the co-editor of Handbook for the Study of Play.