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Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice

Frederick Douglass, a Psychobiography

Rethinking Subjectivity in the Western Experiment of Democracy

Authors: Gibson, Danjuma G.

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  • The first psycho-biographical project on a major 19th century Black personality and thinker
  • Examines primary source documents authored by Frederick Douglass himself
  • Examines the psychosocial, cultural, and religious environments that influenced Douglass, as well as his counter-influence on the same environments
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About this book

In the extreme context of the American slavocracy, how do we account for the robust subjectivity and agency of Frederick Douglass?  In an environment of extremity, where most contemporary psychological theory suggests the human spirit would be vanquished, how did Frederick Douglass emerge to become one of the most prolific thinkers of the 19th century? To address this question, this book engages in a psychoanalytic examination of all four of Frederick Douglass’ autobiographies.  Danjuma Gibson examines when, how, and why Douglass tells his story in the manner he does, how his story shifts and takes shape with each successive autobiography, and the resulting psychodynamic, pastoral, and practical theological implications.

About the authors

Danjuma Gibson is Associate Professor of Pastoral Care at Calvin Theological Seminary, USA.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Gibson, Danjuma G.

    Pages 1-19

  • The Intersubjective Matrix of the Slavocracy: Experiencing the World of Frederick Douglass

    Gibson, Danjuma G.

    Pages 21-64

  • Reimagining Black Subjectivity: A Psychoanalysis of Frederick Douglass

    Gibson, Danjuma G.

    Pages 65-98

  • A New Birth: Agency Over One’s Self and Body and Sacred Spaces of Play

    Gibson, Danjuma G.

    Pages 99-126

  • The Force of Being, Life Stories, and Counter-Narrative: A Brief Comment on Cultural Trauma and Resiliency

    Gibson, Danjuma G.

    Pages 127-141

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-75229-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-75228-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Frederick Douglass, a Psychobiography
Book Subtitle
Rethinking Subjectivity in the Western Experiment of Democracy
Authors
Series Title
Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-75229-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-75229-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-75228-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 192
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