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The Psychologization of Society

On the Unfolding of the Therapeutic in Norway

Ole Jacob Madsen (University of Oslo, Norway)

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Routledge
28 November 2019
The Psychologization of Society explores the manner in which psychology has increasingly crept into everyday life, with nature reduced to a source of mental health, the belief in God motivated by health not salvation, sin and evil turned into psychiatric diagnosis and the market economy being primarily driven by psychology. Showing that Norway, like the United States and Great Britain, is currently subjected to a psychological worldview or therapeutic ethos, Madsen examines an array of spheres such as media, law, religion, self-help literature and cosmetic surgery to shed light on the ways in which the therapeutic ethos, rather than simply triumphing over them, actually blends in with regional norms and values. A study of the psychological imprint on Western countries as a form of the global democratisation of psychologised self-care, this book explores the boundless struggle to be the best version of yourself in contemporary neoliberal culture. As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology, psychology and cultural and media studies with interests in therapeutic discourses and paradoxes of health.
By:   Ole Jacob Madsen (University of Oslo Norway)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9780367897284
ISBN 10:   0367897288
Series:   Therapeutic Cultures
Pages:   166
Publication Date:   28 November 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Series Editors' Foreword Preface 1. Introduction 2. Media 3. Law 4. Religion 5. Self-help 6. 'Giving psychology away' 7. Psychologisation 8. Conclusion Index

Ole Jacob Madsen is Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Oslo, Norway. He is the author of The Therapeutic Turn: How Psychology Altered Western Culture and Optimizing the Self: Social Representations of Self-Help.

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