Autonomy In The Extreme Situation: Bruno Bettelheim, The Nazi Concentration Camps And The Mass…

Hardcover | January 1, 1999

byPaul Marcus

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Bruno Bettelheim, now viewed by many as a pariah theorist, especially on the Nazi concentration camps, has been significantly misunderstood by most of his critics and admirers. In both cases, the subtlety and complexity of his narrative on the camps has not been fully recognized. This has resulted from an inadequate appreciation of his central thesis, that the inmate's struggle in a concentration camp is the extreme example of the modern dilemma of maintaining autonomy in the depersonalizing mass society, such as in the United states and Western Europe. This book elucidates, critiques, and further develops Bettelheim's pathbreaking and controversial insights on the behavior of concentration camp inmates. It provides the rudiments of a new framework for conceptualizing inmate behavior and is the first book-length treatment of Bettelheim's views on the dangers of contemporary society. The author accomplishes his goals in part by drawing from such social theorists as Michel Foucault, Anthony Giddens, Erving Goffman, Zygmunt Bauman, and Emmanuel Levinas, as well as psychoanalytically oriented thinkers such as Roy Schafer. The book concludes with a discussion of the significance of Bettelheim's findings about inmate behavior in the camps, and how we in our mass society can protect ourselves, resist, and fight back against the assaults on our autonomy, individuality, and humanity.

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Bruno Bettelheim, now viewed by many as a pariah theorist, especially on the Nazi concentration camps, has been significantly misunderstood by most of his critics and admirers. In both cases, the subtlety and complexity of his narrative on the camps has not been fully recognized. This has resulted from an inadequate appreciation of his...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9.56 × 6.38 × 0.85 inPublished:January 1, 1999Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780275947255

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?It is refreshing that Marcus's study almost entirely refrains from becoming engaged with the recent polemical disputes about Bettelheim and instead focuses on certain aspects of his major intellectual contributions....Marcus's study is a rich and valuable assessment of Bettelheim's writings about the concentration camp experiences and attempts to preserve a sense of autonomy, integrity, and personal freedom under the negative pressures of life in the mass society. True to his intent, Marcus does present a balanced review of Bettelheim's various positions, and he is clearly generous and respectful in his responses to Bettelheim's critics....It is to Marcus's great credit that his book is also written very much in the spirit that he so admires in Bettelheim.?-Psychoanalytic Psychology