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Saving the Modern Soul: Therapy, Emotions, and the Culture of Self-Help / Edition 1
     

Saving the Modern Soul: Therapy, Emotions, and the Culture of Self-Help / Edition 1

by Eva Illouz
 

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ISBN-10: 0520253736

ISBN-13: 2900520253734

Pub. Date: 03/04/2008

Publisher: University of California Press

The language of psychology is all-pervasive in American culture-from The Sopranos to Oprah, 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 Soul examines the profound impact of therapeutic discourse on our lives and on our contemporary notions of identity. Drawing on

Overview

The language of psychology is all-pervasive in American culture-from The Sopranos to Oprah, 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 Soul examines 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.

About the Author:
Eva Illouz is Professor of Sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900520253734
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/04/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
Cultural Sociology and the Therapeutic     8
Therapy as a New Emotional Style     12
Texts and Contexts     16
Cultural Critique and Psychology     19
Freud: A Cultural Innovator     22
Psychoanalysis as a Charismatic Enterprise     24
The Social Organization of Freudian Charisma     26
Freud in America     29
The Freudian Cultural Matrix     35
The Romance of Psychology and Popular Culture     51
Conclusion     56
From Homo economicus to Homo communicans     58
Emotional Control in the Sociology of Organizations     61
The Power of Control and the Control of Power     64
Psychologists Enter the Market     66
A New Emotional Style     72
Emotional Control     75
The Communicative Ethic as the Spirit of the Corporation     88
Emotional, Moral, and Professional Competence     95
Conclusion     103
The Tyranny of Intimacy     105
Intimacy: An Increasingly Cold Haven     107
Beyond Their Will? Psychologists and Marriage     115
What Feminism and Psychology Have inCommon     120
Intimacy: A New Emotional Imagination     125
Communicative Rationality in the Bedroom     131
Toward the Ideology of Pure Emotion     135
The Cooling of Passion     142
Conclusion     149
Triumphant Suffering     152
Why Therapy Triumphed     156
The Therapeutic Narrative of Selfhood     171
Performing the Self through Therapy     178
A Narrative in Action     186
Conclusion     196
A New Emotional Stratification?     197
The Rise of Emotional Competence     200
Emotional Intelligence and Its Antecedents     202
The Global Therapeutic Habitus and the New Man     217
Intimacy as a Social Good     222
Conclusion     235
Conclusion: Institutional Pragmatism in the Study of Culture     238
Notes     249
Index     287

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