The Tyranny of Choice

The Tyranny of Choice

by Renata Salecl


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The Tyranny of Choice by Renata Salecl

Today we are encouraged to view our lives as being full of choice. Like products on a supermarket shelf, our identities seem to be there for the choosing. But paradoxically this freedom can create anxiety, and feelings of guilt and inadequacy. In The Tyranny of Choice, acclaimed philosopher and sociologist Renata Salecl explores how late capitalism's shrill exhortations to 'be yourself' are leading to ever-greater disquiet - and how its insistence on choice being a purely individual matter can prevent social change.

Drawing on diverse examples from popular culture - spanning dating sites and self-help books, to our obsession with celebrities' lifestyles - and fusing sociology, psychoanalysis and philosophy, Salecl shows that choice is rarely based on a simple rational decision with a predictable outcome.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846681868
Publisher: Profile Books Limited
Publication date: 12/13/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 805,063
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Renata Salecl is a philosopher and sociologist. She is visiting professor at BIOS centre at the London School of Economics. Her previous books include On Anxiety and have been translated into ten languages. In 2010, Renata Salecel was awarded the title of "Slovenian woman scientist of the year" and in December of the same year, she was named "Slovenian person of the year" by the daily newspaper Delo

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Why choice makes us anxious 14

2 Choosing through others' eyes 45

3 Love choices 73

4 Children: to have or have not? 95

5 Forced choice 115

Conclusion Shame and the lack of social change 136

Notes 151

Further reading 164

Acknowledgements 168

Index 169

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