Self-Help, Inc.: Makeover Culture in American Life

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Oxford University Press, 08.09.2005 - 304 Seiten
Why doesn't self-help help? Cultural critic Micki McGee puts forward this paradoxical question as she looks at a world where the market for self-improvement products--books, audiotapes, and extreme makeovers--is exploding, and there seems to be no end in sight. Rather than seeing narcissism at the root of the self-help craze, as others have contended, McGee shows a nation relying on self-help culture for advice on how to cope in an increasingly volatile and competitive work world. Self-Help, Inc. reveals how makeover culture traps Americans in endless cycles of self-invention and overwork as they struggle to stay ahead of a rapidly restructuring economic order. A lucid and fascinating treatment of the modern obsession with work and self-improvement, this lively book will strike a chord with its acute diagnosis of the self-help trap and its sharp suggestions for how we can address the alienating conditions of modern work and family life.
 

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A backlash against the so-called self-help industry--a multibillion-dollar cash cow--has produced several new notable books (although they are unlikely to enjoy the circulation rates of works by self ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Coveys Daughter and Her Dilemma
3
From SelfMade to Belabored
11
Spiritual Secular and Gendered Notions
25
Survivalism and the Inward Turn
49
Gender and the Logic of Diminished Expectations
79
From JobHunters to ArtistEntrepreneurs
111
The Making of the Belabored Self
139
Chapter 6 All You Can Be or Some Conclusions
175
Some Notes on Method
193
Notes
197
Bibliography
247
Index
269
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Micki McGee is a sociologist and cultural critic who has taught at New York University, Rutgers University, and The New School for Social Research. The recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Blue Mountain Center, she has recently joined the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Fordham University.

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