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Title:
Thought reform and the psychology of totalism : a study of "brainwashing" in China
Author:
Lifton, Robert Jay, 1926-
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Publication Information:
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 1989.

©1961
Physical Description:
xiv, 510 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780807842539
Format :
Book

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Summary

Informed by Erik Erikson's concept of the formation of ego identity, this book, which first appreared in 1961, is an analysis of the experiences of fifteen Chinese citizens and twenty-five Westerners who underwent "brainwashing" by the Communist Chinese government. Robert Lifton constructs these case histories through personal interviews and outlines a thematic pattern of death and rebirth, accompanied by feelings of guilt, that characterizes the process of "thought reform." In a new preface, Lifton addresses the implications of his model for the study of American religious cults.


Author Notes

A distinguished professor of psychology & psychiatry at John Jay College & the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Robert Jay Lifton is the author of many important works, including "The Nazis Doctors," winner of the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize, & "Death in Life," winner of a National Book Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)