The Harmony Of Illusions

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The Harmony of Illusions

As far back as we know, there have been individuals incapacitated by memories that have filled them with sadness and remorse, fright and horror, or a sense of irreparable loss. Only recently, however, have people tormented with such recollections been diagnosed as suffering from "post-traumatic stress disorder." Here Allan Young traces this malady, particularly as it is suffered by Vietnam veterans, to its beginnings in the emergence of ideas about the unconscious mind and to earlier manifestations of traumatic memory like shell shock or traumatic hysteria. In Young's view, PTSD is not a timeless or universal phenomenon newly discovered. Rather, it is a "harmony of illusions," a cultural product gradually put together by the practices, technologies, and narratives with which it is diagnosed, studied, and treated and by the various interests, institutions, and moral arguments mobilizing these efforts.

Specifications of The Harmony of Illusions

GENERAL
AuthorAllan Young
BindingHardcover
LanguageEnglish
EditionFirst Edition
ISBN-100691033528
ISBN-139780691033525
PublisherPrinceton University Press
Number Of Pages328
Publication Date1995-12-22
DIMENSIONS
Height1.12 inch.
Length9.56 inch.
Width6.37 inch.
Weight1.5 pounds.

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