© 1991

Identity Crisis

Modernity, Psychoanalysis and the Self

  • Authors
  • Thoughtful and informed insights on contemporary psychoanalytic theories of the self  and its pathologies

    Offers plenty of interesting questions and some suggestive insights

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Stephen Frosh
    Pages 1-9
  3. Stephen Frosh
    Pages 10-31
  4. Stephen Frosh
    Pages 32-62
  5. Stephen Frosh
    Pages 63-94
  6. Stephen Frosh
    Pages 95-125
  7. Stephen Frosh
    Pages 126-151
  8. Stephen Frosh
    Pages 152-186
  9. Stephen Frosh
    Pages 187-195
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 196-208

About this book


This book examines the psychological responses of people to the excitements and terrors that characterise the modern world. Beginning with a description of modernist and post-modernist accounts of contemporary life, it then moves into detailed discussions of narcissism and psychosis - two states of mind that seem to characterise the 'crises of self' to which the modern world gives rise.

With an interweaving of social theory and psychodynamic explanations, this is a sophisticated and compelling text. Identity Crisis will be of interest to students in a wide range of disciplines including psychology, sociology, psychoanalysis, politics and cultural studies. 


Narcissism perception psychoanalysis transference

About the authors

Stephen Frosh is Pro-Vice-Master and Professor in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and was previously Vice-Dean of the Tavistock Clinic. He is the author of many books and papers on psychosocial studies and on psychoanalysis, including Psychoanalysis Outside the Clinic, Hate and the Jewish Science: Anti-Semitism, Nazism and Psychoanalysis, For and Against Psychoanalysis, After Words, The Politics of Psychoanalysis and Sexual Difference and Identity Crisis. His most recent books are Hauntings: Psychoanalysis and Ghostly Transmissions and A Brief Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theory.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Identity Crisis
  • Book Subtitle Modernity, Psychoanalysis and the Self
  • Authors Stephen Frosh
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1991
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-51106-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-51107-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-21534-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 217
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Psychoanalysis
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