A Critical Study of Self-help and Self-improvement Practices: Textual, Discursive, and Ethnographic Perspectives
By: Scott Cherry (author)Hardback
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Chapter 1 Self-help as "self,"-" and "help"; 1.1 Introduction; 1.2 Self-help as a contemporary phenomenon; 1.3 Self-help books: the "self in self-help; A defense of Sociology: rejecting hyper-individualism; A defense of professional Psychology: rejecting anti-professionalism; A defense of Culture: rejecting the popular and the lowbrow; Chapter 2 The methods chapter; 2.1 Introduction; 2.2 Social science method; 2.3 On Praxeology; 2.4 From epistemology to epistemography; 2.5 On multiplying and collecting; 2.6 Ethnography; Chapter 3 Self-help books and the activity of reading; 3.1 Introduction; 3.2 The peritext; 3.3 Crossing the threshold; 3.4 Seducing the reader into reading; Chapter 4 Reinvent yourself with Fiona Harrold; 4.1 Introduction; 4.2 Dialectics of the soul; 4.3 Problem formulation; Asking known information questions; The omnirelevance of the workshop; 4.4 An expert prescription; Chapter 5 Self-help groups and the practical; 5.1 Introduction; 5.2 The appearance of a common problem; 5.3 The disappearance of a common problem; The problem of stigma; The reduction of stigma; Seeking the ordinary; 5.4 Concluding remarks; Chapter 6 Discussing the promise of the hyphen in self-help; 6.1 Tackling the original problematic; 6.2 Mapping self-help; 6.3 A newfound significance of the hyphen; Bibliography; Index.
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