Absent Fathers, Lost Sons: The Search for Masculine Identity by Guy Corneau

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An event of the fragility of traditional photographs of masculinity is whatever many smooth males proportion. Psychoanalyst man Corneau strains this event to a good deeper feeling males have in their fathers' silence or absence—sometimes literal, yet specially emotional and non secular. Why is that this feeling so profound within the lives of the postwar "baby boom" generation—men who're now coming near near center age? simply because, he says, this new release marks a serious section within the lack of the masculine initiation rituals that previously ensured a boy's passage into manhood. In his attractive exam of the various alternative ways this lacking hyperlink manifests in men's lives, Corneau exhibits that, for males at the present time, regaining the basic "second birth" into manhood lies in gaining the power to be a father to themselves—not in simple terms as a method of therapeutic mental discomfort, yet as an important step within the strategy of changing into entire.

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Farr (1998) argues that when Moscovici, in his attempt to ‘modernize’ social representations (1984b), renamed this ‘neglected concept of Durkheim’s’ (Moscovici 1976) ‘social’ rather than ‘collective’ he was as keen as Durkheim had been to distinguish his social representations from a conception of individual representations that would operate like attitudes or opinions, to be found isolated within individuals. Moscovici’s social representations were envisioned as being ‘more dynamic, continually changing and less widely shared than ever before’ (Farr 1998: 285).

Durkheim’s distinction between collective and individual representations forced a split between sociology and psychology. The individualist psychology that Durkheim was rejecting became the dominant form of both psychology and social psychology (Farr 1998) and thus Durkheim ‘created an identity crisis for social psychologists which they have been unable to resolve in the course of the twentieth century’(1998: 277). Yet sociological forms of social psychology have developed. Farr (1998) argues that when Moscovici, in his attempt to ‘modernize’ social representations (1984b), renamed this ‘neglected concept of Durkheim’s’ (Moscovici 1976) ‘social’ rather than ‘collective’ he was as keen as Durkheim had been to distinguish his social representations from a conception of individual representations that would operate like attitudes or opinions, to be found isolated within individuals.

It provides us with the exciting opportunity of reintroducing culture to the discipline of psychology. The theory of social representations They do not represent simply ‘opinions about’, ‘images of or ‘attitudes towards’ but ‘theories’ or ‘branches of knowledge’ in their own right, for the discovery and organisation of reality . . Systems of values, ideas and practices with a twofold function; first, to establish an order which will enable individuals to orientate themselves in their material and social world and to master it; secondly, to enable communication to take place among members of a community by providing them with a code for social exchange and a code for naming and classifying unambiguously the various aspects of their world and their individual and group history.

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