Age of Oprah: Cultural Icon for the Neoliberal Era

Age of Oprah: Cultural Icon for the Neoliberal Era

by Janice Peck
     
 

ISBN-10: 1594514682

ISBN-13: 9781594514685

Pub. Date: 05/28/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Over the last two decades Oprah Winfrey's journey has taken her from talk show queen to-as Time Magazine has asserted-"one of the most important figures in popular culture." Through her talk show, magazine, website,
seminars, charity work, and public appearances, her influence in the social, economic, and political arenas of American life is considerable and until

Overview

Over the last two decades Oprah Winfrey's journey has taken her from talk show queen to-as Time Magazine has asserted-"one of the most important figures in popular culture." Through her talk show, magazine, website,
seminars, charity work, and public appearances, her influence in the social, economic, and political arenas of American life is considerable and until now, largely unexamined. In The Age of Oprah, media scholar and journalist
Janice Peck traces Winfrey's growing cultural impact and illustrates the fascinating parallels between her road to fame and fortune and the political-economic rise of neoliberalism in this country. While seeking to understand
Oprah's ascent to the near- iconic status that she enjoys today, Peck's book provides a fascinating window into the intersection of American politics and culture over the past quarter century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594514685
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/2008
Series:
Media and Power
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     iv
The Age of Oprah: Culture and Politics in the Neoliberal Era     1
The Therapeutic Enterprise and the Quest for Women's Hearts and Minds     14
Backlash Politics, the Dysfunctional Self, and the Recovery Cure     40
Recovery and Reaganism: The Psychologization of the Political and the Politics of Pathology     69
Mind Cure, the Enchanted Self, and the New Liberal Covenant     103
"Transcending Race": The Racial Politics of Oprah Winfrey and New Liberalism     135
The Oprah Brand and the Enterprising Self     175
The Anxieties of the Enterprising Self and the Limits of Mind Cure in the Age of Oprah     211
Oprah Winfrey Show Episodes Cited     227
Notes     229
References     240
Index     275
About the Author     282

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