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Childism: Confronting Prejudice Against Children

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Publisher Comments:

This edition of Elisabeth Young-Bruehl's definitive biography of pioneering child analyst Anna Freud includes—among other new features—a major retrospective introduction by the author.

 

Praise for the Second Edition:

“Young-Bruehls description of one of the most complex but brilliant lights in psychoanalytic history has stood as a beacon to students of psychoanalytic history.  It is the best most carefully crafted biography of any psychoanalyst and it illuminates the entire tradition with a clarity that only the exploration of the life of the daughter of the founder of the movement could possibly provide.  It is a beautifully written insightful and remarkably edifying piece of work.  The best has just got better.”-- Peter Fonagy, Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis, University College London

 

Praise for the First Edition:

“A gem of biographical writing. . . .”—Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune

 

“Lucid, erudite, briskly authoritative, Elisabeth Young-Bruehl . . . has given us the insight into character that makes biography an art.”—James Atlas

 

Elisabeth Young-Bruehl is a faculty member at the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and a practicing psychoanalyst in Manhattan.  She lives in New York and Toronto.

 

 

Review:

"In this brilliant, provocative book, award-winning author and psychoanalyst Young-Bruehl (Hannah Arendt: For the Love of the World) exposes American society's prejudice against its children — 'childism' — and the harm it causes them. Analyzing the social and legal development of childism in the wake of the 1960s youth protest movements, the author urges us to think about the huge range of antisocial policies and individual behavior directed against all children daily, from corporal punishment and an uncaring foster care system to the pressure placed on children to support one parent or another in a divorce. To begin reversing childism, she points to the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of the Child and a reinforcing convention on children's rights, which state that children have human rights, that they are not 'possessions' of adults, and that adults and governments have an obligation to children. The documents call for, among other things, reducing child poverty and providing every child with the means and the education to develop healthily and freely. It also advocates children's participation in familial and communal life to the extent of their evolving abilities. Painting a world where thousands of children die every day from neglect, hunger, and war, Young-Bruehl's book is a clarion call for urgent action." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

A seminal volume on prejudice against children for parents, teachers, psychologists, social workers, policy-makers—anyone concerned with the crucial subject of child welfare.

Synopsis:

In this groundbreaking volume on the human rights of children, acclaimed analyst, political theorist, and biographer Elisabeth Young-Bruehl argues that prejudice exists against children as a group and that it is comparable to racism, sexism, and homophobia. This prejudice—“childism”—legitimates and rationalizes a broad continuum of acts that are not “in the best interests of children,” including the often violent extreme of child abuse and neglect. According to Young-Bruehl, reform is possible only if we acknowledge this prejudice in its basic forms and address the motives and cultural forces that drive it, rather than dwell on the various categories of abuse and punishment.

“There will always be individuals and societies that turn on their children," writes Young-Bruehl, “breaking the natural order Aristotle described two and a half millennia ago in his Nichomachean Ethics." In Childism, Young-Bruehl focuses especially on the ways in which Americans have departed from the child-supportive trends of the Great Society and of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Many years in the making, Childism draws upon a wide range of sources, from the literary and philosophical to the legal and psychoanalytic. Woven into this extraordinary volume are case studies that illuminate the profound importance of listening to the victims who have so much to tell us about the visible and invisible ways in which childism is expressed.

Synopsis:

Upon publication of her “field manual,” The Origins of Totalitarianism, in 1951, Hannah Arendt immediately gained recognition as a major political analyst. Over the next twenty-five years, she wrote ten more books and developed a set of ideas that profoundly influenced the way America and Europe addressed the central questions and dilemmas of World War II. In this concise book, Elisabeth Young-Bruehl introduces her mentors work to twenty-first-century readers. Arendts ideas, as much today as in her own lifetime, illuminate those issues that perplex us, such as totalitarianism, terrorism, globalization, war, and “radical evil.”

Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, who was Arendts doctoral student in the early 1970s and who wrote the definitive biography of her mentor in 1982, now revisits Arendts major works and seminal ideas. Young-Bruehl considers what Arendts analysis of the totalitarianism of Nazi Germany and the Stalinist Soviet Union can teach us about our own times, and how her revolutionary understanding of political action is connected to forgiveness and making promises for the future. The author also discusses The Life of the Mind, Arendts unfinished meditation on how to think about thinking. Placed in the context of todays political landscape, Arendts ideas take on a new immediacy and importance. They require our attention, Young-Bruehl shows, and continue to bring fresh truths to light.

About the Author

Elisabeth Young-Bruehl is a faculty member at the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and a practicing psychoanalyst in Manhattan.  She lives in New York and Toronto.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300173116
Author:
Young Bruehl, Elisabeth
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Author:
Young-Bruehl, Elisabeth
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Scientists & Psychologists
Subject:
Philosophers
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Racism and Ethnic Conflict
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Why X Matters Series
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
41 b/w illus.
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 x 1.06 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this brilliant, provocative book, award-winning author and psychoanalyst Young-Bruehl (Hannah Arendt: For the Love of the World) exposes American society's prejudice against its children — 'childism' — and the harm it causes them. Analyzing the social and legal development of childism in the wake of the 1960s youth protest movements, the author urges us to think about the huge range of antisocial policies and individual behavior directed against all children daily, from corporal punishment and an uncaring foster care system to the pressure placed on children to support one parent or another in a divorce. To begin reversing childism, she points to the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of the Child and a reinforcing convention on children's rights, which state that children have human rights, that they are not 'possessions' of adults, and that adults and governments have an obligation to children. The documents call for, among other things, reducing child poverty and providing every child with the means and the education to develop healthily and freely. It also advocates children's participation in familial and communal life to the extent of their evolving abilities. Painting a world where thousands of children die every day from neglect, hunger, and war, Young-Bruehl's book is a clarion call for urgent action." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
A seminal volume on prejudice against children for parents, teachers, psychologists, social workers, policy-makers—anyone concerned with the crucial subject of child welfare.
"Synopsis" by , In this groundbreaking volume on the human rights of children, acclaimed analyst, political theorist, and biographer Elisabeth Young-Bruehl argues that prejudice exists against children as a group and that it is comparable to racism, sexism, and homophobia. This prejudice—“childism”—legitimates and rationalizes a broad continuum of acts that are not “in the best interests of children,” including the often violent extreme of child abuse and neglect. According to Young-Bruehl, reform is possible only if we acknowledge this prejudice in its basic forms and address the motives and cultural forces that drive it, rather than dwell on the various categories of abuse and punishment.

“There will always be individuals and societies that turn on their children," writes Young-Bruehl, “breaking the natural order Aristotle described two and a half millennia ago in his Nichomachean Ethics." In Childism, Young-Bruehl focuses especially on the ways in which Americans have departed from the child-supportive trends of the Great Society and of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Many years in the making, Childism draws upon a wide range of sources, from the literary and philosophical to the legal and psychoanalytic. Woven into this extraordinary volume are case studies that illuminate the profound importance of listening to the victims who have so much to tell us about the visible and invisible ways in which childism is expressed.

"Synopsis" by ,
Upon publication of her “field manual,” The Origins of Totalitarianism, in 1951, Hannah Arendt immediately gained recognition as a major political analyst. Over the next twenty-five years, she wrote ten more books and developed a set of ideas that profoundly influenced the way America and Europe addressed the central questions and dilemmas of World War II. In this concise book, Elisabeth Young-Bruehl introduces her mentors work to twenty-first-century readers. Arendts ideas, as much today as in her own lifetime, illuminate those issues that perplex us, such as totalitarianism, terrorism, globalization, war, and “radical evil.”

Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, who was Arendts doctoral student in the early 1970s and who wrote the definitive biography of her mentor in 1982, now revisits Arendts major works and seminal ideas. Young-Bruehl considers what Arendts analysis of the totalitarianism of Nazi Germany and the Stalinist Soviet Union can teach us about our own times, and how her revolutionary understanding of political action is connected to forgiveness and making promises for the future. The author also discusses The Life of the Mind, Arendts unfinished meditation on how to think about thinking. Placed in the context of todays political landscape, Arendts ideas take on a new immediacy and importance. They require our attention, Young-Bruehl shows, and continue to bring fresh truths to light.

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