Manufacturing Social Distress: Psychopathy in Everyday Life

Hardcover | February 28, 1997

byRobert W. Rieber, David Bakan

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This bold work proposes a completely new discipline, `the psychology of malefaction', the frank study of evil human behavior that does not explain an act of murder, for example, as simply a symptom of the murderer's psychosis. Rieber re-examines such phenomena as family violence, serial killers, modern war, and media violence in the light of regarding them as wicked, not merely insane. The author re-thinks the nagging problem of evil as it manifests itself in our society, questioning to what degree persons ought to be responsible for - and held accountable for - their actions.

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Has psychology been so successful at explaining psychotic behavior that it risks excusing its destructive effects? In answering the question, this provocative volume proposes a completely new psychological discipline, and questions to what degree people can and should be held responsible for their actions

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This bold work proposes a completely new discipline, `the psychology of malefaction', the frank study of evil human behavior that does not explain an act of murder, for example, as simply a symptom of the murderer's psychosis. Rieber re-examines such phenomena as family violence, serial killers, modern war, and media violence in t...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:236 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:February 28, 1997Publisher:Springer USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306453460

ISBN - 13:9780306453465

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Lay of the Land and the Currents of the River. Social Breakdown and the Social Distress Syndrome. The Prince of Darkness and the Heart of Darkness. War and Social Distress: Images of the Enemy. The Banks, Media, and Social Distress. Things Money Can Buy. Terrorism, Organized Crime, and Social Distress. Being `Good' in `Bad' Places: Toward a Principled American Lifestyle. Index.

From Our Editors

Has psychology been so successful at explaining psychotic behavior that it risks excusing its destructive effects? In answering the question, this provocative volume proposes a completely new psychological discipline, and questions to what degree people can and should be held responsible for their actions