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From the Publisher“Well written, conceptually rich, and a welcome addition tothe critical literature on emotion. It stands in juxtaposition tothe dominant psychological models of emotion that have beenunreflectively and uncritically reproduced, especially inorganizational behaviour texts.”
British Journal of Sociology
"Illuminates the contemporary expansion of therapeutic models ofself and relationships into all aspects of life."
Meghan Falvey, Modern Painters
"Once again, Eva Illouz demonstrates that she is a true heir tothe rich intellectual tradition of the Frankfurt School. Taking onthe exploration of the important territory where public culture andprivate consciousness connect, Illouz brilliantly develops theconcepts of emotional capital and emotional competence. Thiselegantly concise book will take its place alongside — and engagein provocative conversation with — the work of Bourdieu, Foucault,and Giddens."
Larry Gross, University of Southern California
"In a tour de force of intellectual and cultural history, EvaIllouz traces the entry of intimate emotions into what manythinkers have interpreted as the desiccating, rationalizingdiscourse and practice of capitalism. She opens our eyes to thelarge impact of therapeutic and feminist viewpoints on prevailinginterpretations of economic life."
Viviana A. Zelizer, Princeton University