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This essay analyzes the theories implicit in "Europe and the Rejected Father" by anthropologist Geoffrey Gorer. The paper explains how Gorer's work explores the American character and demonstrates how American culture is based in part upon a rejection of the European value of allegiance to authority and an embracing of individualism. The paper discusses Gorer's idea of the "American mutation" in which first and second-generation immigrants experience a break in continuity between traditional values and new, American values.
From the Paper:"In his work ''Europe and the Rejected Father'', Geoffrey Gorer proposes an analysis of the American national character based upon examination of the changing status of values among first-generation and second- generation immigrants. Gorer utilizes a theoretical approach based on psychoanalytic theory to investigate what he refers to as ''psychologically significant truths'' about Americans. Gorer hypothesizes the existence of a phenomenon he terms the ''American mutation'', which is contingent upon a break of continuity between first-generation immigrants and their second-generation children. This change depends upon the rejection of traditional European values, namely allegiance to authority, in exchange for devotion to the new American values of independence and individualism."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Geoffrey Gorer 1948 The American People: A Study in National Character. New York: W. W. Norton and Co.
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