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An Analysis of Eric Hoffer's The True Believer Jonah S. Rubin

An Analysis of Eric Hoffer's The True Believer By Jonah S. Rubin

An Analysis of Eric Hoffer's The True Believer by Jonah S. Rubin


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Hoffer began writing The True Believer in the 1940s, as Nazism and fascism spread across Europe. Most analysts studying how these movements became so powerful focused on their leaders and the ideas they trumpeted.

An Analysis of Eric Hoffer's The True Believer Summary

An Analysis of Eric Hoffer's The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements by Jonah S. Rubin

Eric Hoffer's The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements is one of the most widely read works of social psychology written in the 20th-century. It exemplifies the powers of creative thinking and critical analysis at their best, providing an insight into two crucial elements of critical thinking.

Hoffer is likely to go down in history as one of America's great creative thinkers - a writer not bound by standard frameworks of thinking or academic conventions, willing to beat his own path in framing the best possible answers to the questions he investigated. An impoverished, largely unschooled manual laborer who had survived the worst effects of the Great Depression in the United States, Hoffer was a passionate autodidact whose philosophical and psychological education came from omnivorous reading. Working without the help of any mentors, he forged the fearsomely creative and individual approach to problems demonstrated in The True Believer.

The book, which earned him his reputation, examines the different phenomena of fanaticism - religious or political - and applies Hoffer's analytical skills to reveal that, deep down, all 'true believers' display the same needs and tendencies, whatever their final choice of belief. Incisive and persuasive, it remains a classic.

About Jonah S. Rubin

Dr. Jonah S. Rubin holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Chicago, focusing on memory and death in post-Franco Spain. He is currently a visiting professor in anthropology at Bard College, New York.

Table of Contents

Ways in to the Text Who was Hoffer? What does The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements Say? Why does The True Believer Matter? Why does The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements Matter? Section 1: Influences Module 1: The Author and the Historical Context Module 2: Academic Context Module 3: The Problem Module 4: The Author's Contribution Section 2: Ideas Module 5: Main Ideas Module 6: Secondary Ideas Module 7: Achievement Module 8: Place in the Author's Work Section 3: Impact Module 9: The First Responses Module 10: The Evolving Debate Module 11: Impact and Influence Today Module 12: Where Next? Glossary of Terms People Mentioned in the Text Works Cited

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NGR9781912128143
9781912128143
1912128144
An Analysis of Eric Hoffer's The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements by Jonah S. Rubin
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Macat International Limited
2017-07-05
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