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Saving the Modern Soul Therapy, Emotions, and the Culture of Self-Help

ISBN-10: 0520253736

ISBN-13: 9780520253735

Edition: 2007

Authors: Eva Illouz

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The language of psychology is all-pervasive in American culture-fromThe SopranostoOprah,from the abundance of self-help books to the private consulting room, and from the support group to the magazine advice column.Saving the Modern Soulexamines the profound impact of therapeutic discourse on our lives and on our contemporary notions of identity. Drawing on theoretical discussions in sociology, psychology, anthropology, and economics, as well as popular materials like advice books and interviews, Eva Illouz plumbs today's particular cultural moment to understand how and why psychology has secured its place at the core of modern identity. Situating her argument within broad political and economic contexts, she examines a wide range of sources to draw innovative inferences about the ways in which the self-help culture has transformed contemporary emotional life. She also considers how therapy complicates individuals' lives even as it claims to dissect their emotional experiences and heal any trauma. The result is a tour de force that encompasses not only the history and sociology of psychology but performs a valuable cultural analysis as well and, in the end, brilliantly demonstrates how language and ideas shape our lives.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/4/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 9.50" wide x 5.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Cultural Sociology and the Therapeutic
Therapy as a New Emotional Style
Texts and Contexts
Cultural Critique and Psychology
Freud: A Cultural Innovator
Psychoanalysis as a Charismatic Enterprise
The Social Organization of Freudian Charisma
Freud in America
The Freudian Cultural Matrix
The Romance of Psychology and Popular Culture
Conclusion
From Homo economicus to Homo communicans
Emotional Control in the Sociology of Organizations
The Power of Control and the Control of Power
Psychologists Enter the Market
A New Emotional Style
Emotional Control
The Communicative Ethic as the Spirit of the Corporation
Emotional, Moral, and Professional Competence
Conclusion
The Tyranny of Intimacy
Intimacy: An Increasingly Cold Haven
Beyond Their Will? Psychologists and Marriage
What Feminism and Psychology Have in Common
Intimacy: A New Emotional Imagination
Communicative Rationality in the Bedroom
Toward the Ideology of Pure Emotion
The Cooling of Passion
Conclusion
Triumphant Suffering
Why Therapy Triumphed
The Therapeutic Narrative of Selfhood
Performing the Self through Therapy
A Narrative in Action
Conclusion
A New Emotional Stratification?
The Rise of Emotional Competence
Emotional Intelligence and Its Antecedents
The Global Therapeutic Habitus and the New Man
Intimacy as a Social Good
Conclusion
Conclusion: Institutional Pragmatism in the Study of Culture
Notes
Index