Self-help promises the chance of being ‘‘better’’. Across multifarious platforms, including books, apps and television shows, it offers hope that we can be our own agents of change for a happier life. Critical research troubles this premise, arguing that the recurring trope of the individualistic ideal-self found in self-help literature is at the expense of seeking solutions in collective, feminist, or otherwise politicised activism. Self-help is also problematically gendered, since women are often positioned as particularly in need of improvement, an understanding further intensified by postfeminist sensibility. These issues are examined conceptually before introducing 10 articles on self-help published in Feminism & Psychology across three decades and brought together as a Virtual Special Issue to offer a significant body of work for scholars and students alike.
|Type||Co-authored introduction to a Virtual Special Issue of Feminism & Psychology|
|Media of output||Online article|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 7 Feb 2019|
|Name||Feminism and Psychology|
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- School of Humanities and Social Science - Senior Lecturer
- Centre for Arts and Wellbeing
- Care, Health and Emotional Wellbeing Research and Enterprise Group
- Centre for Spatial, Environmental and Cultural Politics
- Centre for Transforming Sexuality and Gender