The Death of the Family Author:David Cooper Dr. Cooper is a leading existential psychiatrist and with R D Laing, has conducted considerable research into the psychology and treatment of schizophrenics. This work has convinced him that the concept of the family pervades the inner life, destroying the sexual and social independence of the individual. The Death of the Family is the outcom... more »e, an astringent critique of the concepts and the structure of the 'familial situation.'
This is no doubt a revolutionary book. The authoris not content with criticism, but goesd on to discuss alternatives to the conventional family,, and to illustrate how the 'familial' goals which dominate life can be rejected. He also explores the difficulties frequently encountered in setting up communes ore 'anti-families'. The Death of teh Family is an important and provocative study which New Society hailed as an 'extraordinarily powerful little book'.
Germano facetti designed the cover aret, shoing a print by Su Negrin: 'The Family'. Psychology and Psychiatry ISBN 0 14 02 1287 6« less