On the Pleasure Principle in Culture: Illusions Without Owners (Hardback)Robert Pfaller (author)
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Sports, design, eroticism, social intercourse and games - indeed, all those aspects of our culture commonly deemed 'pleasurable'-seem to require beliefs that many regard as illusory. But in considering themselves above the self-deceptions of the crowd, those same sceptics are prone to dismissing a majority of the population as naive or misguided. In doing so, they create a false opposition between the 'simple' masses and their more enlightened rulers. And this dichotomy then functions as an ideological support for neoliberal government: citizens become irrational victims, to be ruled over by a protective security state. What initially appears to be a universal pleasure principle - the role of 'anonymous illusions' in mass culture - in this way becomes a rationale for dismantling democracy.
Publisher: Verso Books
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 549 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 22 mm
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