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Soc. Sci. 2015, 4(3), 612-629; doi:10.3390/socsci4030612

Community and the Long Shadow of the Analytic: Rieffian Pessimism in Social Thought

School of Social Science, University of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
Academic Editor: Martin J. Bull
Received: 4 June 2015 / Revised: 20 July 2015 / Accepted: 31 July 2015 / Published: 17 August 2015
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This paper sets out to explore the thinking and the direct and often indirect influence of the social theorist Philip Rieff on later generations of social theorists, especially in regard to the key sociological concept of community. It is argued that the work of this culturally-conservative social theorist has had a powerful, if somewhat shadowy, influence on such key radical critics of modern societies such as Christopher Lasch and Richard Sennett, revealing the need to acknowledge the significant resources of a Rieffian cultural sociology for critical thought. View Full-Text
Keywords: Philip Rieff; Richard Sennett; Christopher Lasch; community; analytic attitude; Marx; Freud Philip Rieff; Richard Sennett; Christopher Lasch; community; analytic attitude; Marx; Freud
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McMylor, P. Community and the Long Shadow of the Analytic: Rieffian Pessimism in Social Thought. Soc. Sci. 2015, 4, 612-629.

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