Eva Illouz

in Saving the Modern Soul

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780520224469
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941311 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter explains the theme of this volume, which is about the impact of therapeutic discourse on the notions of identity. The analysis of the therapeutic discourse is carried out from the vantage point of the sociology of culture. This book examines the way the language of therapy has reformulated the deepest level of identity symbols and explains that the most radical and probably the most influential critique of the therapeutic discourse has been inspired by Michel Foucault's historicization of systems of knowledge.

Keywords: therapeutic discourse; identity; sociology of culture; Michel Foucault; systems of knowledge

Chapter.  7674 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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