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|All Authors / Contributors:||
John Steadman Rice
|Description:||viii, 253 p. ; 23 cm.|
|Contents:||Co-dependency, discourse, and cultural change --
A genealogy of co-dependency: truth rules and the twelve-step subculture --
The anatomy of co-dependency --
A new theory of addiction --
Addiction and analogy --
Becoming co-dependent: conversion, ritual, and obligation --
The ironies and consiquences of cultural change --
Conclusion: a disease of one's own.
|Responsibility:||John Steadman Rice.|
In terms of the larger American context, his analysis links the emergence of co-dependency with the permeation of psychological concepts and explanations throughout Western culture over the past thirty years, focusing particularly on the cultural and social impact of the popular acceptance of what the author calls "liberation psychotherapy." Liberation psychotherapy portrays the relationship between self and society as one of intrinsic antagonism, and argues that psychological health is inversely related to the self's accommodation to social expectations.
Rice argues that a principal source of co-dependency's appeal is that it affirms core premises of liberation psychotherapy, thereby espousing an increasingly conventional and familiar wisdom. It simultaneously fuses those premises with addiction-related discourse, providing people with a means of making sense of the problems of relationship and identity that have accompanied what Rice terms the "psychologization" of American life. This analysis of the phenomenon of co-dependency will be of interest to psychologists, sociologists, psychotherapists, and those interested in American popular culture.
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- Popular culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
- United States -- Civilization -- 1970-
- Self-actualization (Psychology) -- Social aspects -- United States.
- Codependency (Psychology) -- United States.
- Culture -- United States.
- Self Concept -- United States.
- Social Change -- United States.
- Codependency -- Social aspects.
- Popular culture.
- Self-actualization (Psychology) -- Social aspects.
- United States.