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Self-help books aim to empower their readers and deliver happiness and personal fulfilment but do they really live up to this? This book offers a fresh perspective on self-help culture and popular psychology. Research on this subject matter has generally focused on the USA and the Global Northwest. In contrast, this book explores the production, circulation and consumption of self-help books from an innovative transnational perspective. Case studies on Trinidad, Mexico, the People's Republic of China, the UK and the USA explore the roles which self-help's therapeutic narratives of self and…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
Self-help books aim to empower their readers and deliver happiness and personal fulfilment but do they really live up to this? This book offers a fresh perspective on self-help culture and popular psychology. Research on this subject matter has generally focused on the USA and the Global Northwest. In contrast, this book explores the production, circulation and consumption of self-help books from an innovative transnational perspective. Case studies on Trinidad, Mexico, the People's Republic of China, the UK and the USA explore the roles which self-help's therapeutic narratives of self and social relationships play in the contemporary world. In this context, the book questions the extent to which self-help fulfils its promise of individual autonomy and contentment. At the same time, it addresses debates about contemporary political change under transnational processes of cultural standardization.

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  • Verlag: Springer-Verlag GmbH
  • Erscheinungstermin: 08.04.2016
  • Englisch
  • ISBN-13: 9780230370869
  • Artikelnr.: 44915796
Autorenporträt
Daniel Nehring is currently Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Worcester, UK. He has previously worked at Pusan National University, South Korea. Over the past ten years, he has done extensive research on transnational self-help cultures. Recent publications include Sociology (2013) and Intimacies and Cultural Change (2014, with Emmanuel Alvarado and Rosario Esteinou). Emmanuel Alvarado is Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies at Palm Beach State College in Florida, USA. His research concerns experiences of intimate citizenship among Mexican-Americans and Mexican immigrants in the USA. Recent publications include Intimacies and Cultural Change (2014, with Daniel Nehring and Rosario Esteinou). Eric C. Hendriks is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Sociology Department of Peking University, Beijing, China. He investigates the globalization of self-help culture and conducted fieldwork in Germany and China. In 2015, he published the book Knowledge Wars: The Global Competition between Self-Help Gurus and Institutional Authorities. Dylan Kerrigan is a Lecturer in Anthropology and Political Sociology at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus. He is currently developing a manuscript on the Militarisation and Insecurity of Everyday Life in the Caribbean. <

Inhaltsangabe
1. Self-help Worlds
2. Self-help and Society
3. Self-help's Transnationalism
4. Self-help Entrepreneurs in China
5. Self-help in Crisis
6. Cultural Struggles, Intimate Life and Transnational Narratives
7. The Uses of Self-help Books in Trinidad
8. The Politics of Self-help
Rezensionen
"Their book 'Transnational Popular Psychology and the Global Self-help Industry: The Politics of Contemporary Social Change' brings a much-needed theoretical and empirical balance into the scholarship on therapeutic culture and self-help, which has so far focused on the global North, in particular the Anglo-American context. ... the book's remarkable collection of data and its emphasis on multidirectional transnational cultural flows are a vital addition to the literature." (Tatiana Tiaynen-Qadir, Acta Sociologica, Vol. 61 (2), May, 2018)

"This unique book reviews the transnational growth of the self-help industry in the US, UK, Mexico, China, and Trinidad and Tobago. ... the work is unique and valuable in presenting cross-cultural study and understanding of the industry of self-help around the world. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty." (D. L. Loers, Choice, Vol. 54 (3), November, 2016)