VICTIMS OF DEMOCRACY: A Psycho-Biography of Malcolm X – Part 4/4

(In this final part of the reading Malcolm X reaches 8th grade. Beyond this there are many biographies to fill in this information. My concern were his formative years for parents with sons similar to Malcolm X: Highly Gifted and Needy for Praise).

This unique psycho-biographical study integrates a wide and subtle view of the history of white racism and the black liberation movement, on the one hand, with a deep and sensitive understanding of the inner world of Malcolm X, on the other.

E. Victor Wolfenstein is both a critical social theorist and a practicing psychoanalyst. Using ‘The Autobiography of Malcolm X’, Malcolm’s published speeches and a variety of historical materials, he interweaves Marxist and psychoanalytic concepts to examine Malcolm’s published speeches and a variety of historical materials, he interweaves Marxist and psychoanalytic concepts to examine Malcolm’s evolving consciousness – from his youth through his life as an African-American revolutionary. In so doing, he explores the complex interplay of political, economic and psychological factors that shaped Malcolm’s life history and the social history of the black liberation movement.

Eugene Victor Wolfenstein is Professor of Political Science at the University of California – Los Angeles, and member of the faculty, Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute. He is author of the The Revolutionary Personality (1967) and Personality and Politics (1969).

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