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The Rise of the Therapeutic Society: Psychological Knowledge & the Contradictions of Cultural Change

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by Katie Wright
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The Rise of the Therapeutic Society: Psychological Knowledge & the Contradictions of Cultural Change by Katie Wright

This book is an examination of the contemporary fascination with psychological life and the historical developments that fostered it. Taking Australia as the focal point, Katie Wright traces the ascendancy of therapeutic culture, from nineteenth century concerns about nervousness, to the growth of psychology, the diffusion of an analytic attitude, and the spread of therapy and counseling. Wright's analysis, which draws on social theory, cultural history, and interviews with therapists and people in therapy, calls into question the pessimism that pervades many accounts of the therapeutic turn and provides an alternative assessment of its ramifications for social, political, and personal life in the globalized West.

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Pages: 290
Size: 2.7 MB
Publisher: New Academia Publishing
Date published:   2015
ISBN: 2370006454649 (DRM-EPUB)

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