Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Amanda Knox: A Question of Culture?
How much, one wonders, has this culture produced an Amanda Knox? It is worth exploring, as too often psychology individualises pathology, rather than looking to culture as the nexus from whence the individual arises, and by which he is formed. Lasch believed that narcissim was a compensatory stance: The individual, lost in a world of trendiness and lacking any truly biniding ties or civic spirit, becomes narcissistic by default, and this defensive strategy is not true self respect, but its opposite. How clearly Amanda herself would appear to have become defensive and predatory. Lasch linked these states; again, how telling! Can Amanda, after all, be judged wholly apart from the culture which formed her, and of which in Perugia, she has become a reluctant and hostile representative?