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Narcissistic Parenting in an Insecure WorldA History of Parenting Culture 1920s to Present$
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Harry Hendrick

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447322559

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447322559.001.0001

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Narcissism and the ‘politics of recognition’: concepts of the late-modern self

Narcissism and the ‘politics of recognition’: concepts of the late-modern self

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(p.301) Nine Narcissism and the ‘politics of recognition’: concepts of the late-modern self
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Narcissistic Parenting in an Insecure World
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Harry Hendrick

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447322559.003.0010

The chapter offers an overview of what it argues is the contemporary obsession with the Self - not only to the detriment of others, but also to that of the human potential for a better nature. It argues, following Hobsbawm, that the problems of values and judgment have been reduced the 'single denominator of the unrestricted freedom of the individual'. Consequently, the decline of social democracy has witnessed the failure of the socialist Left to resist the dissipation of significant Enlightenment values. The chapter is in two parts, the first of which provides brief discussions of the 'postsocialist' condition and the politics of recognition, the self and identity politics, and individualisation as 'a fate not a choice'. In the second part, several critiques of the therapeutic culture are briefly discussed, particularly with reference to what have been termed 'pure relationships' and the 'emotive will' which, it is argued, are mistakenly used to protect the self against the 'bleak coldness' of contemporary life. The chapter concludes by arguing for the jettisoning of contractual parent-child relations and renewal of the idea of parental self-sacrifice as a means of helping children to grow up.

Keywords:   self, therapeutic, social democracy, Enlightenment, postsocialist, recognition, identity

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