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Shades of Loneliness: Pathologies of a Technological Society
To varying degrees, loneliness has us all in its grip. In this incisive and controversial book, Richard Stivers rejects the recent emphasis on genetic explanations of psychological problems, arguing that the very organization of technological societies is behind the pervasive experience of loneliness. The extreme rationality that governs our institutions and organizations ...more
Paperback, 154 pages
Published February 9th 2004 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
(first published 2004)
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Stivers, a sociologist, wonders naively he says, about the social causes for our modern sorts of mental illness, especially those related to loneliness. Modern psychiatry according to him is an attempt to control symptoms that entirely ignores causality in our modern technological society. His answers are provactive and while certainly not determinative, his writing asks all sorts of interesting questions. This is the second Stivers book I have read recently and was easier to read than Technolog ...more
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