Although de Mause's own approach is imaginatively and boldly psychohistorical
, the contributions to his volume are often more standard (and some would say more reliable) studies organized by era in a coherent sequence.
In Modernism's Body: Sex, Culture, and Joyce, Christine Froula illustrates how Joyce 'maps in detail the psychohistorical
route from matrix to patrix, tracing the intricate psychodynamics by which the maternal body becomes the hidden point of departure--fetishized origin, deified scapegoat--of his culture.
My entree to the theme is Erik Erikson's 1969 psychobiographical and psychohistorical
work, Gandhi's Truth: On the Origins of Militant Nonviolence.
Postman (1992), in his psychohistorical
account of technology, affirms that new technologies, and our relationship to them, affect the way we feel about our lives, others and ourselves.
Harris offers a psychohistorical
dissection of cannibal-criminal
104) Peter Loewenberg, "The Psychohistorical
Origins of the Nazi Youth Cohort," American Historical Review, LXXVI (1971), 1457-1502; but see also Mann, "Perpetrators of Genocide," 341-42, who did not find such personal crises--including actual joblessness--very prevalent among his sample of Nazi killers.
Justification without Joy: Psychohistorical
Reflections on John Wesley's Childhood and Conversion.
Frantz Fanon has coined the memorable phrase "epidermalization" to describe the psychohistorical
process by which racial identity became associated with skin color.
The description of Luther's childhood cannot escape the fascination with Erikson's psychohistorical
perspective, even though the conclusion is here the notion of a depressive atmosphere, determined above all by a fear of death.
Characteristic of earlier psychohistorical
writing, The Gypsy-Bachelor of Manchester seems too monocausal and reductionist, focusing on one howbeit significant factor.
Lester Alston's essay on slave children attempts to apply psychohistorical
methods and content analysis to the body of slave narratives in order to reconstruct (speculatively, Alston admits) the themes, tensions, and contradictions in slave children's lives, but there seems to be little new to say about slave children's lives.
His Red-Hunting in the Promised Land: Anticommunism and the Making of America is a psychohistorical
dissection of "anticommunism" as a prolonged, and devastating, moral panic rooted in our Puritan heritage--from the earliest days of "God-inspired" Indian purges to the seemingly endless search for new enemies which seems to pass for policymaking.