Saving the modern soul : therapy, emotions, and the culture of self-help / Eva Illouz.

"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...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Illouz, Eva, 1961- (Author)
Format: Book
Published: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2008.
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Table of Contents:
  • 1. Introduction : A cultural sociology of the therapeutic
  • The therapy as an new emotional style
  • Texts and contexts
  • Cultural critique and the psychology
  • 2. Freud: a cultural 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
  • A new 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: a new emotional imagination
  • Communicative rationality in the bedroom
  • Toward the ideology of the pure emotion
  • The cooling of passion
  • Conclusions
  • 5. Triumphant suffering
  • Why therapy triumphed
  • The therapeutic narrative of selfhood
  • Performing the self through therapy
  • a narrative in action
  • Conclusion
  • 6. A new 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.