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Triumphant Suffering

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520224469.003.0005
Triumphant Suffering

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This chapter examines how the new emotional models are performed in a gender-blind narrative of identity that is enacted in a wide variety of social sites, such as support groups and therapeutic workshops. It discusses the ways in which the alliance between the therapeutic discourse and the self-help ethos has produced a narrative of self that has deeply transformed autobiographical discourse, that is, how life stories are conceived, told, and negotiated in interpersonal interaction, thereby also transforming identity. It suggests that the therapeutic discourse offers endless possibilities for coherently narrativizing the life story through its “diseases”.

Keywords: emotional models; gender-blind narrative; support groups; therapeutic workshops; therapeutic discourse; life stories; autobiographical discourse; interpersonal interaction

Chapter.  17033 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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