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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.: Makeover Culture in American Life", cultural critic Micki McGee  Read more...
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McGee, Micki.
Self-Help, Inc.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005
(DLC) 2004024905
(OCoLC)56942442
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Micki McGee
ISBN: 9780195346848 019534684X 1423734009 9781423734000 9780195171242 0195171241 1280427841 9781280427848 9786610427840 6610427844
OCLC Number: 62279610
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 288 pages) : illustrations
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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