Policy Press

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Erich Fromm and Global Public Sociology

By Neil McLaughlin

Published

Jul 19, 2021

Page count

310 pages

Series

Public Sociology

ISBN

978-1529214581

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jul 19, 2021

Page count

310 pages

Series

Public Sociology

ISBN

978-1529214604

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jul 19, 2021

Page count

310 pages

Series

Public Sociology

ISBN

978-1529214604

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Erich Fromm and Global Public Sociology

Erich Fromm was one of the most influential and creative public intellectuals of the twentieth century. He was a mentor to David Riesman and an inspiration for the New Left.

As the rise of global right-wing populism and Trumpism creates new interest in the kind of psycho-social writing and popular sociology that Fromm pioneered in the 1930s, this timely book tells the story of the rise, fall and contemporary revival of Fromm’s theories.

Drawing from empirical work, this is an invaluable contribution to popular debates about current politics, the sociology of ideas and the prospect of a truly global public sociology.

“This book should help rescue from reputational oblivion a great sociologist who had revealing insights into the current global crisis of democracy and narcissism.” Rainer Funk, Erich Fromm Institute Tuebingen

Neil McLaughlin is Professor in the Department of Sociology at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario, Canada.

In addition to have written extensively on Fromm’s critical theory, he has published widely in the sociology of ideas with case studies on Noam Chomsky, Edward Said, public sociology and public intellectuals in Canada and the United States, and on the sociology of creativity. He is currently researching the spread of Soros conspiracy theories in Hungary, Poland, the United States and Canada, the popularity of Jordan Peterson’s psychological writings and social media lectures and the politics of university funding in North America.

Introduction: Erich Fromm’s Global Public Sociology

1 Sociology in a World at War: Escape from Freedom

2 How Optimal Marginality Created a Public Sociologist

3 The Cold War, Conformity, and the 1960s

4 How Fromm Became a Forgotten Public Sociologist

5 Fromm’s Political Activism in the 1960s

6 Studying Social Character and Theorizing Violence

Conclusion: The Revival of a Global Public Sociologist