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Self Help, Inc Makeover Culture in American Life

ISBN-10: 0195337263
ISBN-13: 9780195337266
Edition: N/A
Authors: Micki McGee
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Description: Why doesn't self-help help? Cultural critic Micki McGee puts forward this paradoxical question as she looks at a world where the market for self-improvement products--books, audiotapes, and extreme makeovers--is exploding, and there seems to be no  More...

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Book details

List price: $33.95
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 308
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990

Why doesn't self-help help? Cultural critic Micki McGee puts forward this paradoxical question as she looks at a world where the market for self-improvement products--books, audiotapes, and extreme makeovers--is exploding, and there seems to be no end in sight. Rather than seeing narcissism at the root of the self-help craze, as others have contended, McGee shows a nation relying on self-help culture for advice on how to cope in an increasingly volatile and competitive work world. Self-Help, Inc. reveals how makeover culture traps Americans in endless cycles of self-invention and overwork as they struggle to stay ahead of a rapidly restructuring economic order. A lucid and fascinating treatment of the modern obsession with work and self-improvement, this lively book will strike a chord with its acute diagnosis of the self-help trap and its sharp suggestions for how we can address the alienating conditions of modern work and family life.

Micki McGee is a sociologist and cultural critic on the faculty of Fordham University and the curator of Creative Power: Yaddo and the Making of American Culture. Formerly a Faculty Fellow at New York University, she is also the author of Self-Help, Inc: Makeover Culture in American Life.

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