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Author Lifton, Robert Jay, 1926-

Title Thought reform and the psychology of totalism : a study of "brainwashing" in China / Robert Jay Lifton
Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 1989, ©1961


Description 1 online resource (xiv, 510 pages)
Contents Preface to the University of North Carolina Press Edition; Preface; PART ONE: The Problem; 1. What Is "Brainwashing"?; 2. Research in Hong Kong; PART TWO: Prison Thought Reform of Westerners; 3. Re-education: Dr. Vincent; 4. Father Luca: The False Confession; 5. Psychological Steps; 6. Varieties of Response: The Obviously Confused; 7. Varieties of Response: Apparent Converts; 8. Varieties of Response: Apparent Resisters; 9. Group Reform: Double-edged Leadership; 10. Follow-up Visits; 11. Father Simon: The Converted Jesuit; 12. Recovery and Renewal: A Summing Up
Summary Informed by Erik Erikson's concept of the formation of ego identity, this book, which first appreared in 1961, is an analysis of the experiences of fifteen Chinese citizens and twenty-five Westerners who underwent "brainwashing" by the Communist Chinese government. Robert Lifton constructs these case histories through personal interviews and outlines a thematic pattern of death and rebirth, accompanied by feelings of guilt, that characterizes the process of "thought reform." In a new preface, Lifton addresses the implications of his model for the study of American religious
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes English
Subject Brainwashing -- China
Communism -- China.
SELF-HELP -- Motivational & Inspirational.
China -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 88040534
ISBN 9780807882887