By Liah Greenfeld
It’s the yankee dream―unfettered freedom to stick with our goals, to forge our identities, to turn into self-made. yet what if our tradition of unlimited self-fulfillment is absolutely making thousands desperately in poor health? one among our best interpreters of modernity and nationalism, Liah Greenfeld argues that we have got neglected the relationship among egalitarian society and psychological affliction. Intellectually fearless, encompassing philosophy, psychology, and historical past, Mind, Modernity, Madness demanding situations the main loved assumptions in regards to the benefits of dwelling in a land of the free.
Modern nationalism, says Greenfeld, rests on bedrock rules of renowned sovereignty, equality, and secularism. voters of the twenty-first century get pleasure from exceptional freedom to develop into the authors in their own destinies. Empowering as this is often, it additionally areas them lower than huge, immense psychic pressure. they have to regularly appraise their identities, deal with their wants, and calibrate their position inside of society. For weak members, this strain is just too a lot. education her analytic eye on vast case histories in manic melancholy and schizophrenia, Greenfeld contends that those health problems are dysfunctions of selfhood brought on by society’s overburdening calls for for self-realization. In her rigorous analysis, insanity is a culturally constituted malady.
The culminating quantity of Greenfeld’s nationalism trilogy, Mind, Modernity, Madness is a travel de strength within the vintage culture of Émile Durkheim―and a daring foray into uncharted territory. usually counter-intuitive, consistently illuminating, Mind, Modernity, Madness provides a many-sided view of humanity, person who enriches our private knowing of who we're and what we aspire to be.