Political Correctness and the Destruction of Social Order

Chronicling the Rise of the Pristine Self


This book develops a psychoanalytic theory of political correctness and the pristine self, which is defined as a self touched by nothing but love. It explores the damage that political correctness can do to social order. Applications include the breakdown of social capital, the financial crisis, and Occupy Wall Street. Long an issue for conservatives, alarm over political correctness has now spread to the liberal side of the political spectrum. As Schwartz argues, all have reason to be concerned. The psychology that underlies political correctness has the potential to be extremely destructive to social organization on every level. Schwartz discusses the primitive roots of political correctness and, through the use of case studies, shows its capacity for ruination. The book focuses on a transformation in the idea of the self, and specifically the rise of the pristine self. The problem is that, in truth, the world does not love us. This puts the pristine self at war with objective reality.   
  • Springer International Publishing; September 2016
  • ISBN 9783319398051
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  • Title: Political Correctness and the Destruction of Social Order
  • Author: Howard S. Schwartz
  • Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan

About The Author

Howard S. Schwartz is Emeritus Professor of Organizational Behavior in the School of Business Administration, Oakland University, USA. He studied philosophy at Antioch College, USA, the University of Pittsburgh, USA, and University of California, San Diego, USA. He obtained a PhD in organizational behavior from Cornell University, USA. His previous books on political correctness are Revolt of the Primitive (2001) and Society Against Itself (2010). He and his wife Ann live in Jackson Heights, New York.