Enactments: American Modes and Psychohistorical Models

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1996 - History - 356 pages
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Enactments addresses several needs. It introduces readers to the young field of psychohistory, examines the continuous interplay of psychoanalytic insights with the irrational forces that shape history, and systematizes a highly diverse field into six usable models.
These models begin with analogies to the theater as arena of accepted illusion and dramatic characters as types of imposters. Political processes then come into sharper focus as the leader serves as delegate for a host of popular wishes, fears, and agendas that extend into the unconscious and comprise a group-fantasy. Group-fantasy not only empowers the delegate, but also defines and occasionally destroys this chosen figure as well. From the classical stage to the modern political arena, the hero as leader and group-fantasy delegate becomes embroiled in sacrificial agendas as the heat for magical solutions is turned up.
The leader usually has three options: to find external enemies, to finger domestic scapegoats, or to submit himself as victim. Perceived in this psychohistorical light, history may be interpreted as various kinds of enactments; a key model overlapping the others. Other models include an evolution of childhood through changing modes of parenting, and a blending of Foucault and Freud, in which sexuality and aggression thrive culturally through the production of repression.

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Defining Moments in the Bush Presidency The Dynamics of the Delegate
Themd to Death The Politics of Projective Identification and Clintons Reparative Presidency
Watergate Figures of Speech Systems of Morality Types of Tragedy
Enactments Hearings Trials Conferences
Testimony of Silence The ThomasHill Hearings
Two Turns at Au Bar The Palm Beach Rape Trial
Foucaults Preemption of Freuds Sexual Discourse and a Return to the Repressed
American Fantasy Mt Shasta and the Other Shasta
A Crux in the FreudJung Letters
GroupFantasy in the Media
Utopia Out of Dystopia Patriarchy as Radical Feminisms PoisonContainer
Hitler Holocaust Feedback System
Relatively Whole Sense of Relating and Experiencing Oneself as Affected by Drives Defenses Parenting Modes
GroupFantasy During the Early Phases of the Clinton Administration

Enactments InBy Psychoanalysis
Parenting Modes and Childhood Traumas
Abandonment A Dominant Pattern in the Development of Creative Writers and Thinkers from the Seventeenth Century to the Present
Whos Afraid of Who Killed Virginia Woolf?
The RepressionProduction of Sexuality and Aggression
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Page 26 - The heavens themselves, the planets, and this centre, Observe degree, priority, and place, Insisture, course, proportion, season, form, Office, and custom, in all line of order...
Page 26 - And posts, like the commandment of a king, Sans check, to good and bad. But when the planets In evil mixture to disorder wander. What plagues and what portents, what mutiny, What raging of the sea, shaking of earth, Commotion in the winds! Frights, changes, horrors, Divert and crack, rend and deracinate, The unit)- and married calm of states Quite from their fixture!
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Page 32 - Leadership over human beings is exercised when persons with certain motives and purposes mobilize, in competition or conflict with others, institutional, political, psychological, and other resources so as to arouse, engage, and satisfy the motives of followers.

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