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Self Help Inc

Author: Micki McGee
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195346848
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Why doesn't self-help help? Cultural critic Micki McGee puts forward this paradoxical question as she looks at a world where the market for self-improvement products--books, audiotapes, and extreme makeovers--is exploding, and there seems to be no end in sight. Rather than seeing narcissism at the root of the self-help craze, as others have contended, McGee shows a nation relying on self-help culture for advice on how to cope in an increasingly volatile and competitive work world. Self-Help, Inc. reveals how makeover culture traps Americans in endless cycles of self-invention and overwork as they struggle to stay ahead of a rapidly restructuring economic order. A lucid and fascinating treatment of the modern obsession with work and self-improvement, this lively book will strike a chord with its acute diagnosis of the self-help trap and its sharp suggestions for how we can address the alienating conditions of modern work and family life.

Das Unbehagen In Der Gesellschaft

Author: Alain Ehrenberg
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 3518746707
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In den letzten Jahrzehnten sind in den westlichen Gesellschaften die Freiheitsspielräume der individuellen Lebensgestaltung enorm gewachsen, traditionelle Rollenvorgaben und gesellschaftliche Bindungen wurden aufgelöst. Die alte Frage »Was darf ich tun?« ist abgelöst worden von der neuen Frage »Wozu bin ich fähig, was kann ich tun?«. Dadurch sehen sich die Menschen heute mit einer neuen Quelle des Leidens konfrontiert: ihrer Unfähigkeit, die Freiheitsspielräume und Wahlmöglichkeiten für ein gelingendes Leben zu nutzen. Die Ausbreitung einer neuen Sprache des Leidens über narzisstische Persönlichkeitsstörungen und depressive Erkrankungen ist die Folge. In seiner monumentalen Studie verfolgt Alain Ehrenberg diese Entwicklung anhand zweier groß angelegter Fallstudien in Frankreich und den USA.

Kidding Around

Author: Alexander N. Howe
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1623561205
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Kidding Around: The Child in Film and Media is a collection of essays generated by a conference of the same title held at the University of the District of Columbia. The works gathered examine a variety of children's media, including texts produced for children (e.g., children's books, cartoons, animated films) as well as texts about children(e.g., feature-length films, literature, playground architecture, parenting guides). The primary goal of Kidding Around is to analyze and contextualize contested representations of childhood and children in various twentieth- and twenty-first-century media while accounting for the politics of these narratives. Each of the essays gathered offers a critical history of the very notion of childhood, at the same time as it analyzes exemplary children's texts from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. These chapters depart from various methodological approaches (including psychoanalytic, sociological, ecological, and historical perspectives), offering the reader numerous productive approaches for analyzing the moments of cultural conflict and impasse found within the primary works studied. Despite the fact that today children are one of the most coveted demographics in marketing and viewership, academic work on children's media, and children in media, is just beginning. Kidding Around assembles experts from this inchoate field, opening discussion to traditional and non-traditional children's texts.

Durchstarten Zum Traumjob Das Workbook

Author: Richard Nelson Bolles
Publisher: Campus Verlag
ISBN: 3593391112
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Wer auf der Suche nach seinem Traumjob ist, sollte ganz genau wissen, welche Talente und Fähigkeiten er hat – denn nur dann lässt sich herausfinden, welcher Job wirklich zu einem passt. Das Workbook kann begleitend zu dem Bestseller »Durchstarten zum Traumjob« von Richard Nelson Bolles durchgearbeitet werden, es lässt sich aber auch unabhängig davon als eigenständiges Übungs- und Arbeitsbuch benutzen. Jetzt komplett überarbeitet und in neuer Übersetzung.

Bright Sided

Author: Barbara Ehrenreich
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
ISBN: 1429942533
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A sharp-witted knockdown of America's love affair with positive thinking and an urgent call for a new commitment to realism Americans are a "positive" people—cheerful, optimistic, and upbeat: this is our reputation as well as our self-image. But more than a temperament, being positive, we are told, is the key to success and prosperity. In this utterly original take on the American frame of mind, Barbara Ehrenreich traces the strange career of our sunny outlook from its origins as a marginal nineteenth-century healing technique to its enshrinement as a dominant, almost mandatory, cultural attitude. Evangelical mega-churches preach the good news that you only have to want something to get it, because God wants to "prosper" you. The medical profession prescribes positive thinking for its presumed health benefits. Academia has made room for new departments of "positive psychology" and the "science of happiness." Nowhere, though, has bright-siding taken firmer root than within the business community, where, as Ehrenreich shows, the refusal even to consider negative outcomes—like mortgage defaults—contributed directly to the current economic crisis. With the mythbusting powers for which she is acclaimed, Ehrenreich exposes the downside of America's penchant for positive thinking: On a personal level, it leads to self-blame and a morbid preoccupation with stamping out "negative" thoughts. On a national level, it's brought us an era of irrational optimism resulting in disaster. This is Ehrenreich at her provocative best—poking holes in conventional wisdom and faux science, and ending with a call for existential clarity and courage.

The American Success Myth On Film

Author: J. Levinson
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137016671
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In examining the enduring appeal that rags-to-riches stories exert on our collective imagination, this book highlights the central role that films have played in the ongoing cultural discourse about success and work in America.

The Citizen Machine

Author: Anna McCarthy
Publisher: The New Press
ISBN: 1595585966
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The Citizen Machine is the untold political history of television’s formative era. Historian Anna McCarthy goes behind the scenes of early television programming, revealing that long before the age of PBS, leaders from business, philanthropy, and social reform movements as well as public intellectuals were all obsessively concerned with TV’s potential to mold the right kind of citizen. Based on years of path-breaking archival work, The Citizen Machine sheds new light on the place of television in the postwar American political landscape.

Wyatt Earp A Vigilante Life

Author: Andrew C. Isenberg
Publisher: Hill and Wang
ISBN: 1429945478
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Finalist for the 2014 Weber-Clements Book Prize for the Best Non-fiction Book on Southwestern America In popular culture, Wyatt Earp is the hero of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, and a beacon of rough cowboy justice in the tumultuous American West. The subject of dozens of films, he has been invoked in battles against organized crime (in the 1930s), communism (in the 1950s), and al-Qaeda (after 2001). Yet as the historian Andrew C. Isenberg reveals in Wyatt Earp: A Vigilante Life, the Hollywood Earp is largely a fiction—one created by none other than Earp himself. The lawman played on-screen by Henry Fonda and Burt Lancaster is stubbornly duty-bound; in actuality, Earp led a life of impulsive lawbreaking and shifting identities. When he wasn't wearing a badge, he was variously a thief, a brothel bouncer, a gambler, and a confidence man. As Isenberg writes, "He donned and shucked off roles readily, whipsawing between lawman and lawbreaker, and pursued his changing ambitions recklessly, with little thought to the cost to himself, and still less thought to the cost, even the deadly cost, to others." By 1900, Earp's misdeeds had caught up with him: his involvement as a referee in a fixed heavyweight prizefight brought him national notoriety as a scoundrel. Stung by the press, Earp set out to rebuild his reputation. He spent his last decades in Los Angeles, where he befriended Western silent film actors and directors. Having tried and failed over the course of his life to invent a better future for himself, in the end he invented a better past. Isenberg argues that even though Earp, who died in 1929, did not live to see it, Hollywood's embrace of him as a paragon of law and order was his greatest confidence game of all. A searching account of the man and his enduring legend, and a book about our national fascination with extrajudicial violence, Wyatt Earp: A Vigilante Life is a resounding biography of a singular American figure.

Foucaults Machtanalytik Und Soziale Arbeit

Author: Roland Anhorn
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3531907107
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Ziel des Sammelbandes ist es, das aufklärerische Potential der Machtanalytik von Michel Foucault für eine kritische Theorie und Praxis Sozialer Arbeit zu erschließen und erstmals in einen Zusammenhang mit den aktuellen Diskussionen zur sozialen Ausschließung zu stellen. Foucaults Analysen werden einer kritischen Prüfung unterzogen: Stärken und Grenzen der Foucaultschen Zugänge werden herausgearbeitet. Gleichzeitig geht es aber auch um den "ganzen" Foucault, d.h. um Brüche und Widersprüche, die sich aus der Beschäftigung mit seinen Analysen ergeben. In dieser Hinsicht verfolgt der Sammelband einen zweifachen Anspruch: Studierenden der Sozialen Arbeit wird ein Zugang zum Denken Foucaults in seiner Relevanz für die Soziale Arbeit eröffnet. Darüber hinaus wird ein substanzieller Beitrag zur Theorieentwicklung der Sozialen Arbeit geleistet.