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Transnational Popular Psychology and the Global Self-Help Industry

The Politics of Contemporary Social Change

  • Daniel Nehring
  • Emmanuel Alvarado
  • Eric C. Hendriks
  • Dylan Kerrigan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Daniel Nehring, Emmanuel Alvarado, Eric C. Hendriks, Dylan Kerrigan
    Pages 1-16
  3. Daniel Nehring, Emmanuel Alvarado, Eric C. Hendriks, Dylan Kerrigan
    Pages 17-29
  4. Daniel Nehring, Emmanuel Alvarado, Eric C. Hendriks, Dylan Kerrigan
    Pages 30-53
  5. Daniel Nehring, Emmanuel Alvarado, Eric C. Hendriks, Dylan Kerrigan
    Pages 54-74
  6. Daniel Nehring, Emmanuel Alvarado, Eric C. Hendriks, Dylan Kerrigan
    Pages 75-100
  7. Daniel Nehring, Emmanuel Alvarado, Eric C. Hendriks, Dylan Kerrigan
    Pages 101-122
  8. Daniel Nehring, Emmanuel Alvarado, Eric C. Hendriks, Dylan Kerrigan
    Pages 123-151
  9. Daniel Nehring, Emmanuel Alvarado, Eric C. Hendriks, Dylan Kerrigan
    Pages 152-170
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 171-198

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

Self-help popular psychology therapeutic culture globalisation and culture media narrative research crisis globalization psychology

Authors and affiliations

  • Daniel Nehring
    • 1
  • Emmanuel Alvarado
    • 2
  • Eric C. Hendriks
    • 3
  • Dylan Kerrigan
    • 4
  1. 1.University of WorcesterUK
  2. 2.Palm Beach State CollegeUSA
  3. 3.Peking UniversityChina
  4. 4.The University of the West IndiesTrinidad and Tobago

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