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Thought, Reform and the Psychology of Totalism

Lifton, Robert Jay

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ISBN 10: 0807842532 / ISBN 13: 9780807842539
Published by The University of North Carolina Press
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Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of 'brainwashing' in China Num Pages: 510 pages. BIC Classification: 1FPC; JMR. Category: (G) General (US: Trade); (UP) Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly; (UU) Undergraduate. Dimension: 144 x 216 x 30. Weight in Grams: 622. . 1989. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780807842539

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Title: Thought, Reform and the Psychology of ...

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

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Informed by Erik Erikson's concept of the formation of ego identity, this book, which first appreared in 1961, is an analysis of the experiences of fifteen Chinese citizens and twenty-five Westerners who underwent "brainwashing" by the Communist Chinese government. Robert Lifton constructs these case histories through personal interviews and outlines a thematic pattern of death and rebirth, accompanied by feelings of guilt, that characterizes the process of "thought reform." In a new preface, Lifton addresses the implications of his model for the study of American religious cults.

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"While exploring the dynamics of Chinese Communist 'thought reform,' Lifton has performed the extraordinary feat of successfully linking . . . distinctly Chinese experiences with universal knowledge about human behavior."-- Journal of Asian Studies

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