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Ideologies and the Corruption of Thought includes Gabel's essays over the last 40 years, characteristically treating micro and macro theoretical matters simultaneously. Originally writ ten in French and German, they have been recast in idiomatic English and bibliographically updated. Using a unique mode and vocabulary of analy sis, Gabel offers theoretical investiga tions of McCarthyism and Stalinism (original and more recent types), as well as Althusser, Orwell, and Jonathan Swift in his capacity as a psychiatric theorist. He also explores anti-Zionism, anti-Semitism, and a fascinating case study of a paranoid who regarded him self as the pope. In addition this volume includes a range of general commentar ies on ideological "thought," utopianism, and false consciousness.This rich feast of social and political analysis and theory illuminates a range of contemporary concerns - racism, Utopian fantasy, ethnocentrism, anti-Semitism, the interplay of social struc ture and mental illness, and ideological transformations of social life - which only Gabel's unique mixture of the clini cal and the political could achieve. It will be studied with interest by all theo rists and politically alert readers in the social sciences, philosophy, and related fields of study.
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