Erich Fromm and Global Public Sociology

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As the rise of global right-wing populism and Trumpism creates new interest in psycho-social writing and popular sociology, this timely book tells the story of the rise, fall and contemporary revival of the theories of Erich Fromm, a 1930s influential and creative public intellectual.

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Erich Fromm was one of the most influential and creative public intellectuals of the twentieth century. He was a mentor to David Riesman and an inspiration for the New Left.

As the rise of global right-wing populism and Trumpism creates new interest in the kind of psycho-social writing and popular sociology that Fromm pioneered in the 1930s, this timely book tells the story of the rise, fall and contemporary revival of Fromm’s theories.

Drawing from empirical work, this is an invaluable contribution to popular debates about current politics, the sociology of ideas and the prospect of a truly global public sociology.

Neil McLaughlin is Professor in the Department of Sociology at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario, Canada.

In addition to have written extensively on Fromm’s critical theory, he has published widely in the sociology of ideas with case studies on Noam Chomsky, Edward Said, public sociology and public intellectuals in Canada and the United States, and on the sociology of creativity. He is currently researching the spread of Soros conspiracy theories in Hungary, Poland, the United States and Canada, the popularity of Jordan Peterson’s psychological writings and social media lectures and the politics of university funding in North America.

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