Fight Club: A Depiction of Contemporary Society as Dissociogenic
Dissociation, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Society, Politics, Culture
Journal of Trauma and Dissociation
It is argued that a major theme of the novel and film Fight Club is that contemporary technological society fosters dissociative modes of experience. Examples are provided of how the content and style of Fight Club are designed to convey the detachment from subjective experience, interpersonal disconnectedness and fragmented sense of self fostered by influences such as consumerism, technology, and rapid mobility. In this way Fight Club illustrates how social, cultural and interpersonal forces can promote sub-clinical and even normative forms of dissociation that, although less extreme, qualitatively approximate floridly pathological manifestations of dissociation. This perspective helps to de-marginalize dissociation, fostering appreciation of the continuity between its non-pathological and clinical manifestations.
Gold, S. N.
(2004). Fight Club: A Depiction of Contemporary Society as Dissociogenic. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 5(2), 13-34.
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