New Book Examines Capitalism’s Effects On Personality Development

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‘Capitalism and Perpetual Adolescence: Essays and Lectures of George S. Becker’ shows maturity’s elusiveness

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CHICAGO – The posthumously published pages of “Capitalism and Perpetual Adolescence: Essays and Lectures of George S. Becker: Edited by Jonathan D. Lewis MD” (published by Xlibris UK) provide readers with an assessment of the effects of socioeconomic developments and ideologies on the development of human beings. The outlook is not an optimistic one and is based on comparisons between modern capitalist societies and cultures in the jungles of the Amazon, providing insights suitable for academicians in the social sciences and philosophers.

The work has been compiled and edited by Lewis, Becker’s student. It presents a critical commentary on today’s society and modern man’s place in it, providing a philosophical underpinning for the social sciences, a goad to introspection and thoughtfulness about what is possible for man to achieve and a sober awareness of the sociocultural, economic and ideological context around him. It shows that the values and social structures of capitalism create an ideology stunting personality development at the adolescent level, an infantilization of society making full psychological maturity extremely difficult to achieve in a post-industrial capitalistic environment.

Walter A Davis, Professor of English Emeritus, Ohio State University says this: “What is thinking but the courage to work alone developing concepts that are lasting because they grow out of a living relationship to a subject matter. Academic fashions come and go while the thought of the social anthropologist George Becker remains the contemporary of the future. Here assembled by his student and friend, the psychiatrist Jon Lewis, some of the essential papers unpublished in Becker’s lifetime. The range is great: from Female Delinquency to Jonestown. The depth is compelling. The critique of other thinkers in the field are incisive. And a final virtue: the style is clear, without the need for scholarly obfuscations.”

“Capitalism and Perpetual Adolescence: Essays and Lectures of George S. Becker”
By George S. Becker
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 322 pages | ISBN 9781514460641
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 322 pages | ISBN 9781514460658
E-Book | 322 pages | ISBN 9781514460665
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About the Author
Jonathan Lewis has practiced psychiatry in Chicago for 35 years. He worked with George Becker in their clinic for neglected and abused children and adolescents. He spent 25 years in private practice focusing on the treatment of traumatized refugees and asylum seekers from countries that had experienced civil strife. His account of this work is titled “Towards a Unified Theory of Trauma and its Consequences” published online in The International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies.

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