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The Death Of The Family

David Cooper, one of the grand old men of existential psychiatry, delivers a withering assault on the family from an individualist perspective. "Bringing up a child," he says, "is bringing down a person"; the family teaches us to live "agglutinatively," hence pathologically, rooting our identity in our birth milieu instead of in who we are as individuals. It's hard to find books that recognize that the family -- modern society's bedrock institution -- has critical problems which themselves underlie so many of our social problems.

Agent: Cara Jones
Publisher: www.penguin.co.uk
Territories: English: Pantheon, French: Editions du Seuil (France), Italian: Einaudi (Italy), Japanese: Misuzu Shobo, Portuguese: Livraria Martins Fontes (Brazil)
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