Christopher Lasch


Born
in Omaha, The United States
June 01, 1932

Died
February 14, 1994

Genre

Influences


Christopher "Kit" Lasch (June 1, 1932 – February 14, 1994) was an American historian, moralist, and social critic who was a history professor at the University of Rochester.

Lasch sought to use history as a tool to awaken American society to the pervasiveness with which major institutions, public and private, were eroding the competence and independence of families and communities. He strove to create a historically informed social criticism that could teach Americans how to deal with rampant consumerism, proletarianization, and what he famously labeled the 'culture of narcissism.'

His books, including The New Radicalism in America (1965), Haven in a Heartless World (1977), The Culture of Narcissism (1979), and The True and Only Heaven (1991)
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The Culture of Narcissism: ...

3.94 avg rating — 1,328 ratings — published 1978 — 34 editions
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The Revolt of the Elites an...

3.85 avg rating — 420 ratings — published 1994 — 16 editions
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The True and Only Heaven: P...

4.41 avg rating — 175 ratings — published 1991 — 8 editions
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The Minimal Self: Psychic S...

3.99 avg rating — 116 ratings — published 1984 — 8 editions
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Haven in a Heartless World

3.73 avg rating — 59 ratings — published 1977 — 6 editions
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Plain Style

4.03 avg rating — 36 ratings — published 2002 — 2 editions
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Women and the Common Life: ...

3.89 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 1997 — 6 editions
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The New Radicalism in Ameri...

3.78 avg rating — 36 ratings — published 1965 — 7 editions
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The Agony Of The American Left

3.96 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 1969 — 7 editions
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La Culture de l'égoïsme

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3.73 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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More books by Christopher Lasch…
“We demand too much of life, too little of ourselves.”
Christopher Lasch, The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations

“The family is a haven in a heartless world.”
Christopher Lasch

“Our growing dependence on technologies no one seems to understand or control has given rise to feelings of powerlessness and victimization. We find it more and more difficult to achieve a sense of continuity, permanence, or connection with the world around us. Relationships with others are notably fragile; goods are made to be used up and discarded; reality is experienced as an unstable environment of flickering images. Everything conspires to encourage escapist solutions to the psychological problems of dependence, separation, and individuation, and to discourage the moral realism that makes it possible for human beings to come to terms with existential constraints on their power and freedom.”
Christopher Lasch, The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations