ISBN: 9780745326535 Publisher: Pluto PressYear of publishing: 2013 Format: Paperback
No of Pages: 320 Language: English
Final Solutions offers a ground-breaking and genuinely unique analysis of modern genocide. Sabby Sagall draws on the insights of the Frankfurt school and Wilhelm Reich to create an innovative combination...Read more
Final Solutions offers a ground-breaking and genuinely unique analysis of modern genocide. Sabby Sagall draws on the insights of the Frankfurt school and Wilhelm Reich to create an innovative combination of Marxism and psychoanalysis. He argues that genocide is a product of an 'irrational' destructiveness by social classes or communities that have suffered major historical defeats or similar forms of extreme stress. Sagall shows how the denial of human needs and the ensuing feelings of isolation and powerlessness propel groups to project their impotent rage, hatred and destructiveness engendered by these defeats on to the 'outsider' and the 'other'. The book applies this theoretical framework to four modern genocides - that of the Native Americans, the Armenians, the Jews and the Rwandan Tutsis. This is a truly pioneering contribution which adds to our understanding of some of the darkest hours of humanity - and how we can stop them from happening again. Read less
About the author: Sabby Sagall
Sabby Sagall is a former senior lecturer in Sociology at the University of East London. He writes regularly for Socialist Review.
'Disturbing yet enlightening... The great merit of Sagall's work is that he reveals both the differences and the commonalities that mark the history of genocide. His thesis is that neither a...Read more
'Disturbing yet enlightening... The great merit of Sagall's work is that he reveals both the differences and the commonalities that mark the history of genocide. His thesis is that neither a socio-political nor a psychological analysis will suffice, but that a combination of the two is needed. On this basis, Sagall reveals the overarching structures and logics that unite the various events he examines, but also the unique internal history of each episode and the terror lying as its core.' -- Kevin Kenny, Professor of History, Boston College 'Sagall illuminates that hottest button of topics - modern genocide - with a superb investigation that persuasively gives due weight in each instance to the mix of matee, Armenia, and Rwanda.rial bases and psychological factors at lethal play. No one has made so cogent a case for a Marxist analysis. Both academic experts and general readers can benefit from this lucid comparative study of the motivations underlying mass murder in the Americas, Nazi-occupied Europe.' -- Kurt Jacobsen, University of Chicago, author of Pacification and Its Discontents (2010) and Freud's Foes (2009) 'Sabby Sagall has written a hugely ambitious book which covers immense historical ground and attempts to answer one of the most challenging historical and theoretical questions of our time.' -- John Molyneux, Irish Marxist Review 'Sabby's daring search for an over-arching theory which encompasses both social and psychological aspects is akin to the physicists' search for a "'general theory", including all matter macro- and microscopic.' -- Donny Gluckstein, Socialist Review 'Sagall reaches farther than many in this field, ambitiously working to uncover the shared psychological states that have resulted in a variety of genocidal events throughout time.' -- Guy Lancaster, Marx and Philosophy Review of Books 'Sabby Sagall asks important questions of psychology, fascism and genocidal murder ... there is much to be gained from his book, particularly his synopses of psychoanalytic thinkers and schools of thought.' -- Andy Ridley, International Socialism Read less