A former senior lecturer in sociology at the University of East London and a lifelong revolutionary activist, Sabby Sagall will give a presentation based on his new book, Final Solutions: Human Nature, Capitalism and Genocide (2013, Pluto Press) followed by conversation with psychoanalyst Allan Scholom.
What psychological and social factors lead human beings to commit acts of genocide? What is the relationship between psychology and sociology? How do economic forces create and shape the lives of individuals and the group? Sabby Sagall’s new book, Final Solutions, explores these and other themes. Bringing together Marxism and psychoanalysis, Sagall shows how denial of human needs and feelings of isolation and powerlessness engendered by political defeats propel groups to project their impotent rage, hatred, and destructiveness onto the ‘outsider’ and the ‘other.’
The evening will close with time for audience questions and discussion.