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Shades of Loneliness: Pathologies of a Technological Society - New Social Formations (Hardback)
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Shades of Loneliness: Pathologies of a Technological Society - New Social Formations (Hardback)

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Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 09/02/2004
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In this incisive and controversial book, Richard Stivers rejects genetic explanations of psychological problems, arguing instead that the very organization of technological societies is behind the pervasive experience of loneliness. In its extreme form, loneliness assumes pathological dimensions in neurosis and schizophrenia, which reflect the contradiction between power and meaninglessness that characterizes modern life. Loneliness, in its many manifestations, seems to be the price we must pay for living in a technological world. Yet nurturing family, friend, and community ties can mitigate its culturally and psychologically disorganizing power. This book is a clarion call for a renewal of moral awareness and custom to combat the fragmentation and depersonalization of our technological civilization.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742530027
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 358 g
Dimensions: 234 x 162 x 19 mm


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Richard Stivers' work has always proven groundbreaking, disrupting our comfortable assumptions about modern life and world, and prompting us to question our lifestyles and our value systems. In his latest work, Shades of Loneliness, Stivers presents the reader with another compelling argument that challenges the popular myths of history as progress and technological advancement as morally provocative. * Metapsychology Online *
A powerful, compelling book that reaches out and touches every reader who has ever felt the master emotions of our technological era: loneliness, depression, alienation, mental illness. Stivers issues a passionate call for a return to a critical moral consciousness that will allow all of us to combat the crippling, destructive features of this new global age. -- Norman K. Denzin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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