Erich Fromm and Global Public Sociology

The new book Erich Fromm and Global Public Sociology by Neil McLaughlin may interest AHP readers. The book is described as follows:

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.

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.


Introduction: Erich Fromm’s Global Public Sociology
1 Sociology in a World at War: Escape from Freedom
2 How Optimal Marginality Created a Public Sociologist
3 The Cold War, Conformity, and the 1960s
4 How Fromm Became a Forgotten Public Sociologist
5 Fromm’s Political Activism in the 1960s
6 Studying Social Character and Theorizing Violence
Conclusion: The Revival of a Global Public Sociologist

About Jacy Young

Jacy Young is a professor at Quest University Canada. A critical feminist psychologist and historian of psychology, she is committed to critical pedagogy and public engagement with feminist psychology and the history of the discipline.