The gendered nature of self-help

Sarah Riley, Adrienne Evans, Emma Anderson, Martine Robson

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
TypeCo-authored introduction to a Virtual Special Issue of Feminism & Psychology
Number of pages16
Edition1
Volume29
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2019

Publication series

NameFeminism and Psychology
ISSN (Print)0959-3535

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Keywords

  • health
  • individualism
  • postfeminism
  • psy-complex
  • self-help
  • transformation

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Riley, S., Evans, A., Anderson, E., & Robson, M. (2019, Feb 7). The gendered nature of self-help. (1 ed.) https://doi.org/10.1177/0959353519826162
Riley, Sarah ; Evans, Adrienne ; Anderson, Emma ; Robson, Martine. / The gendered nature of self-help. 2019. 16 p. (Feminism and Psychology).
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