Search - List of Books by Christopher Lasch

"Liberals subscribe to the new flexible, pluralistic definition of the family; their defense of families carries no conviction." -- Christopher Lasch
Christopher (Kit) Lasch (June 1, 1932, Omaha, Nebraska — February 14, 1994, Pittsford, New York) was a well-known American historian, moralist, and social critic. Mentored by William Leuchtenburg at Columbia University, Lasch was a professor at the University of Rochester , who used history as a tool to awaken American society to the pervasiveness of consumer culture. Rather than invoke nostalgia, Lasch sought to create a historically informed social criticism that could teach Americans how to deal with rampant consumerism, proletarianization, and the culture of narcissism. His books, including The New Radicalism in America (1965), Haven in a Heartless World (1977), The Culture of Narcissism (1979), and The True and Only Heaven (1991), became best-sellers. Lasch was always a critic of liberalism, and a historian of liberalism's discontents. His political perspective shifted from being an outspoken leftist critic of Cold War liberalism to a self-styled populist moralist, denounced by feminists for his defense of the traditional family and hailed by conservatives

His basic thesis about the family, which he first expressed in 1965 and explored for the rest of his career was:
When government was centralized and politics became national in scope, as they had to be to cope with the energies let loose by industrialism, and when public life became faceless and anonymous and society an amorphous democratic mass, the old system of paternalism (in the home and out of it) collapsed, even when its semblance survived intact. The patriarch, though he might still preside in splendor at the head of his board, had come to resemble an emissary from a government which had been silently overthrown. The mere theoretical recognition of his authority by his family could not alter the fact that the government which was the source of all his ambassadorial powers had ceased to exist.


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Total Books: 38
L'io minimo La mentalit della sopravvivenza in un'epoca di turbamenti
2004 - L'io Minimo La Mentalit Della Sopravvivenza in Un'epoca Di Turbamenti (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788807813870
ISBN-10: 8807813874
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Culture de masse ou culture populaire
2003 - Culture De Masse Ou Culture Populaire (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782841581733
ISBN-10: 284158173X
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Le seul et vrai paradis  Une histoire de l'idologie du progrs et de ses critiques
Plain Style A Guide to Written English
2002 - Plain Style a Guide to Written English (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780812236736
ISBN-10: 0812236734
Genre: Reference
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Refugio en un Mundo Despiadado / Refuge in a Heartless World
The New Radicalism in America 1889-1963 The Intellectual As a Social Type
1997 - The New Radicalism in America 1889-1963 the Intellectual As a Social Type (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780393316964
ISBN-10: 0393316963
Genres: History, Nonfiction
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Women and the Common Life Love Marriage and Feminism
1997 - Women and the Common Life Love Marriage and Feminism (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780393316971
ISBN-10: 0393316971
Genre: Nonfiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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The Revolt of the Elites And the Betrayal of Democracy
1996 - The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780393313710
ISBN-10: 0393313719
Genre: Nonfiction
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Haven in a Heartless World The Family Besieged
1995 - Haven in a Heartless World the Family Besieged (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780393313031
ISBN-10: 0393313034
Genre: Nonfiction
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
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True and Only Heaven Progress and Its Critics
1991 - True and Only Heaven Progress and Its Critics (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780393307955
ISBN-10: 0393307956
Genre: Nonfiction
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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The Culture of Narcissism American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations
1991 - The Culture of Narcissism American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780393307382
ISBN-10: 0393307387
Genre: Nonfiction
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
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The True and Only Heaven Progress and Its Critics
1991 - The True and Only Heaven Progress and Its Critics (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780393029161
ISBN-10: 0393029166
Genres: History, Nonfiction
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The Minimal Self Psychic Survival in Troubled Times
1985 - The Minimal Self Psychic Survival in Troubled Times (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780393302639
ISBN-10: 0393302636
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nonfiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Culture of Narcissism
1983 - Culture of Narcissism (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780446321044
ISBN-10: 0446321044
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The culture of narcissism  American life in an age of diminishing expectations
1979 - The Culture of Narcissism American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780446932646
ISBN-10: 0446932647
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Haven in a Heartless World
1978 - Haven in a Heartless World (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780465028849
ISBN-10: 0465028845
Genre: Parenting & Relationships
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Agony of the American Left
1970 - Agony of the American Left (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780233961989
ISBN-10: 0233961984
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The American Liberals and the Russian Revolution
1962 - The American Liberals and the Russian Revolution (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780231025690
ISBN-10: 0231025696
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The minimal Self
The Minimal Self (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780330289979
ISBN-10: 0330289977
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New Radicalism in America 1889-1963 The Intellectual as A Social Type
THE CULTURE OF NARCISSISM
The Culture of Narcissism (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780446969444
ISBN-10: 0446969443
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Social Thought of Jane Addams [American Heritage Series Indianapolis, Ind.] (Paperback)Paperback