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Constructing The Self, Constructing America:…

Constructing The Self, Constructing America: A Cultural History Of… (1995)

by Philip Cushman

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"I assume that history is not a well-ordered city . . . but a jungle . . . The only thing I am really sure of is that we who plunge into the jungle need to think about what we are doing, because there is somewhere we want to go."

 --Howard Zinn, 1970

 The Politics of History
To my Grandmothers Rose and Sara:

one sang to me,

and one confided in me that, had she been

born a man, she would have been a philosopher

To Szmuel Zygelbojm, who fought in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, served on the parliament of the exiled Polish government, was imprisoned, and then miraculously made his way to England in order to persuade the Western Allies to intervene against the genocide. But no one listened. On May 12, 1943, in protest and despair, he committed suicide on the steps of 10 Downing Street. He was forty-eight years old.

To Abraham Zygielbaum, Szmuel's youngest brother, actor, poet, beloved teacher, and dear man. He survived the Holocaust, married Tema, immigrated to America after the war, and taught for many years at Hebrew Union College. He fought fascism his own way, through stories and songs, which he thought were the most powerful weapons of all. He was my teacher.
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In this ground-breaking cultural history of psychotherapy, historian and psychologist Philip Cushman shows how the development of modern psychotherapy is inextricably intertwined with that of the United States and how it has changed the way Americans view events and themselves. By tracing our various definitions of the self throughout history, Cushman reveals that psychotherapy is very much a product of a particular time and place—and that it has been fundamentally complicit in creating many of the ills it seeks to assuage.

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