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Heartless World Revisited: Christopher Lasch's Parting Polemic Against the New Class


Kenneth Anderson


American University - Washington College of Law; Stanford University - The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace; Brookings Institution - Governance Studies


Times Literary Supplement (London), September 22, 1995

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This obituary essay on the final book by the cultural critic Christopher Lasch appeared in the Times Literary Supplement in 1995. The essay examines Lasch's final work, The Revolt of the Elites, against the rest of his body of writing. In particular, it examines Lasch's populism and stance against the increasingly transnatonal elites loosely characterized as the New Class. It discusses Lasch's emphasis on the family as the locus of what remained a significantly Freudian cultural discourse, and examines the ways in which Lasch saw the family as being taken apart and then reassembled according to the mores of the administrative state. The review essay concludes by asking to what extent Lasch was a communitarian, and what role he assigned elites in society.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 6

Keywords: Christopher Lasch, communitarianism, New Class, social theory, family, cultural criticism, transnational elites, administrative state

JEL Classification: Z10

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Date posted: May 10, 2006 ; Last revised: July 3, 2010

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Anderson, Kenneth, Heartless World Revisited: Christopher Lasch's Parting Polemic Against the New Class. Times Literary Supplement (London), September 22, 1995. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=901085

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Kenneth Anderson (Contact Author)
American University - Washington College of Law ( email )
4801 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
United States
Stanford University - The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace
Stanford, CA 94305-6010
United States
Brookings Institution - Governance Studies
1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States
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