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 concluding chapter sums the key findings of this study on the impact of therapeutic discourse on the notions of identity. It offers an implicit model for the study of culture and cultural change and argues that therapy has become the lingua franca of the new service class in most countries with advanced capitalist economies because it provides the cognitive and emotional tool kit for disorganized selves to manage the conduct of their lives in contemporary polities. It concludes that psychology has played an important role in offering models to help overcome the increasingly conflictual character of modern marriage.

Keywords: therapeutic discourse; identity; culture; cultural change; service class; capitalist economies; emotional tool kit; modern marriage; psychology

Chapter.  3543 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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