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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520224469

ISBN-13: 9780520224469

Pub. Date: 03/04/2008

Publisher: University of California Press

"A tour de force of critical insights and broad scholarship that provides a rich banquet of ideas for those interested in a broader understanding of the modern soul. It is one of those rare books that forces the reader, whether he agrees or disagrees, to think in new and creative ways."—Charles W. Smith, author of Success and Survival on Wall

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"A tour de force of critical insights and broad scholarship that provides a rich banquet of ideas for those interested in a broader understanding of the modern soul. It is one of those rare books that forces the reader, whether he agrees or disagrees, to think in new and creative ways."—Charles W. Smith, author of Success and Survival on Wall Street

"Eva Illouz has made another seminal contribution to cultural sociology. Forty years ago, Philip Rieff announced the advent of a new 'therapeutic culture' wherein self-realization, once achieved as a byproduct of commitment to a communal purpose, is pursued as an end in itself. How the therapeutic culture affects selfhood, on the other hand, has remained a mystery. To clarify the matter, Illouz shows how therapeutic values insinuate themselves into the corporate world, the state, mass media, civil society, the family, and the bedroom. Eva Illouz has given to our generation the fullest and clearest account of therapeutic individualism ever written."—Barry Schwartz, author of Abraham Lincoln in the Post-Heroic Era

"Located within a cultural history of introspection, Eva Illouz has given us a highly original treatise-a cultural critique-of therapeutic discourse as one of the principal historical formations, languages, and codes that both articulate and shape what modern selfhood is today. An important work in cultural sociology and the sociology of emotions, Illouz will change many of our ideas about the emotions and late capitalism."—E. Doyle McCarthy, author of Knowledge as Culture: The New Sociology of Knowledge

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ISBN-13:
9780520224469
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/04/2008
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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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