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Self-Help, Inc. : makeover culture in American life

Author: Micki McGee
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
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Why doesn't self-help help? Millions of people turn to self-improvement when they find that their lives aren't working out quite as they had imagined. The market for self-improvement products--books, audiotapes, life-makeover seminars and regimens of all kinds--is exploding, and there seems to be no end in sight for this trend. In Self-Help, Inc., cultural critic Micki McGee asks what our seemingly insatiable demand  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Micki McGee
ISBN: 0195171241 9780195171242
OCLC Number: 56942442
Description: xi, 288 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: From calling to vision : spiritual, secular, and gendered notions --
From power! to personal power! : survivalism and the inward turn --
From having it all to simple abundance : gender and the logic of diminished expectations --
The self at work : from job-hunters to artist-entrepreneurs --
At work on the self : the making of the belabored self --
All you can be, or some conclusions.
Responsibility: Micki McGee.
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Asks what our seemingly insatiable demand for self-help can tell us about ourselves. Rather than finding an America that is narcissistic or self-involved, the author sees a nation relying on  Read more...

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"McGee writes clearly and thoughtfully.... She moves seamlessly from high theory to pop psychobabble, using the former to illustrate the powers of the latter. Overall, she offers a compelling Read more...

 
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