Therapeutic Worlds : Popular Psychology and the Sociocultural Organisation of Intimate Life Hardback
by Daniel (University of Worcester, UK) Nehring, Dylan (University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago) Kerrigan
Part of the Therapeutic Cultures series
This book builds a fresh perspective on therapeutic narratives of intimate life.
Focusing on the question of how popular psychology organises everyday experiences of intimacy, its argument is grounded in qualitative research in Trinidad in the Anglophone Caribbean.
Against the backdrop of Trinidad's colonial and postcolonial history, the authors map the development of therapeutic institutions and popular therapeutic practices and explore how transnationally mobile, commercial forms of popular psychology, mostly originating in the Global North, have taken root in Trinidadian society through online social networks, self-help books, and other media.
In this sense, the book adds to social research on the transnational spread of a digital attention economy and its participation in the proliferation of popular psychological discourse.
Drawing on in-depth interviews with self-help readers, the book considers how popular psychology organises their everyday experiences of intimate life.
It argues that the proliferation of self-help media contributes to the psychologisation of intimate relationships and obscures the social dimensions of intimacy in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, and other social structures and inequalities.
At the same time, the book draws on anthropological arguments about the colonisation of consciousness in the Global South to interpret the insertion of transnationally mobile popular psychology into Trinidadian society.
An innovative contribution to scholarship on therapeutic cultures, which explores the widely under-researched dissemination of popular psychology in the Global South, the book adds to a sociological understanding of the ways in which therapeutic narratives of self and intimate relationships come to be incorporated into everyday experience.
As such, it will appeal to scholars of cultural studies, anthropology, and the sociology of gender, sexuality, families, and personal life.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 186 pages, 3 Line drawings, black and white; 10 Tables, black and white; 3 Illustrations, black and
- Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
- Publication Date: 06/02/2019
- Category: Cultural studies
- ISBN: 9781472425980