Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies. Oct2017, Vol. 31 Issue 5, p610-618. 9p.
False testimony, Meaning (Psychology), American personal narratives of the Vietnam War, 1961-1975, My Lai Massacre, Vietnam, 1968, and Vietnam veterans
This essay interprets Robert Jay Lifton’s writing on Vietnam veterans as a thinking of history in terms of ‘false witness’. Lifton conceives of a form of history that perpetuates its own erasure and of a new form of witness that emerges from this very annihilation. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]
SPECIAL events, LECTURERS, PUPPET plays, and THEATER
The article presents information on various events in New York. Speakers Robert Jay Lifton and Betty Jean Lifton discuss policy effects 50 years after Hiroshima/Nagasaki, Japan, on February 18, 1995, at Westbeth Community Center, Manhattan, New York. Bread and Puppet Theater performs its new puppet play, "Mr. Budhoo's Letter of Resignation From the IMF," from February 8-12 at Manhattan. Bread and Puppet Theater presents this show as a response to the 50th anniversary of the founding of the International Monetary Fund.
PSYCHOLOGISTS, INTERNATIONAL relations, and IRAQ War, 2003-2011
Presents an interview with psychologist Robert Jay Lifton regarding the war in Iraq. Views of Lifton on the context of atrocity-producing situations in the situation of Iraq following the war; Comparison between Abu Ghraib and My Lai in Vietnam according to Lifton; Opinion of Lifton concerning the psychological forces behind the Iraqi attacks on U.S. citizens.
PSYCHOANALYSIS, PSYCHIATRISTS, PSYCHOLOGY, IDEOLOGY, and SURVIVOR guilt
Renowned psychiatrist and social activist Robert Jay Lifton considers his life and career in a conversation with two psychoanalysts. Looking back on the major early influences on his psychoanalytically informed ideas and research methods, Lifton talks about his analytic training, his later involvement with the Wellfleet group, most particularly Erik Erikson, and his experience as a psychiatrist in Japan and China in the post-World War II period of 'American triumphalism.' Lifton discusses some of his major concepts in relation to a psychoanalytic perspective, including his notions of 'ideological totalism' and 'survivor guilt and mission,' and the power that ideology and group pressures have in a particular historical context to transform individual identity and psychology. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]