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: 0520253736

ISBN-13: 9780520253735

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

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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. Eva Illouz plumbs today's particular cultural moment to understand how and why psychology has secured its place at the core of modern identity. She examines a wide range of sources to show how self-help culture has transformed contemporary emotional life and how therapy complicates individuals' lives even as it claims to dissect their emotional experiences and heal trauma.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520253735
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/04/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
971,588
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1.
Introduction
Cultural Sociology and the Therapeutic
Therapy as a New Emotional Style
Texts and Contexts
Cultural Critique and Psychology

2. Freud: ACultural
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

3. 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
ANew Emotional Style
Emotional Control
The Communicative Ethic as the Spirit of the Corporation
Emotional, Moral, and Professional Competence
Conclusion

4. The Tyranny of
Intimacy

Intimacy: An
Increasingly Cold Haven
Beyond Their Will? Psychologists and Marriage
What Feminism and Psychology Have in Common

Intimacy: ANew Emotional Imagination
Communicative Rationality in the Bedroom
Toward the Ideology of Pure Emotion
The Cooling of Passion
Conclusion

5. Triumphant Suffering
Why Therapy Triumphed
The Therapeutic Narrative of Selfhood
Performing the Self through Therapy
ANarrative in Action
Conclusion

6. ANew 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

7. Conclusion:
Institutional Pragmatism in the Study of Culture

Notes

Index

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