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Saving the Modern SoulTherapy, Emotions, and the Culture of Self-Help$
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Eva Illouz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520224469

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520224469.001.0001

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The Tyranny of Intimacy

The Tyranny of Intimacy

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(p.105) Four The Tyranny of Intimacy
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Saving the Modern Soul
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Eva Illouz

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520224469.003.0004

This chapter argues that under the influence of the new models offered by feminism and psychology, marriage called on women to become autonomous and assertive and on men to become emotionally reflexive and talkative. It address questions concerning the ways in which two seemingly and overtly competing discourses of feminism and of therapy interact with and shape one another and the plurality of social spheres. It shows that the analysis of cultural material in reference to its ability to deliver a predefined political message obfuscates the many complicated ways in which politics gets diluted in culture and, conversely, the ways in which cultural schemas and models inform political ideas and action.

Keywords:   marriage, feminism, psychology, therapy, social spheres, cultural material, politics, cultural schemas, political ideas, political action

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