By (author) Renata Salecl
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On Anxiety by Renata Salecl
Book DescriptionWe frequently hear that we live in an age of anxiety, from 'therapy culture', the Atkins diet and child anti-depressants to gun culture and weapons of mass destruction. While Hollywood regularly cashes in on teenage anxiety through its Scream franchise, pharmaceutical companies churn out new drugs such as Paxil to combat newly diagnosed anxieties. On Anxiety takes a fascinating, psychological plunge behind the scenes of our panic stricken culture and into anxious minds, asking who and what is responsible. Putting anxiety on the couch, Renata Salecl asks some much-needed questions: Is anxiety about the absence of authority or too much of it? Do the media report anxiety or create it? Are drugs a cure for anxiety or its cause? Is anxiety about being yourself or someone else, and is anxiety really the ultimate obstacle to happiness? Drawing on vivid examples from films such as the X Files and Cyrano de Bergerac, drugs used on soldiers to combat anxiety, the anxieties of love and motherhood, and fake Holocaust memoirs, Renata Salecl argues that what really produces anxiety is the attempt to get rid of it. Erudite and compelling, On Anxiety is essential reading for anyone interested in philosophy, psychology and the cultural phenomenon of anxiety today.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415312769
(198mm x 129mm x 14mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Jun-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Renata Salecl
Tyranny of Choice, Paperback (August 2011)
A study on the nature of choice, and how limitless freedom can lead to despair. It explores how late capitalism's shrill exhortations to 'be oneself' can be a tyranny which only leads to ever-greater disquiet and how insistence on choice being a purely individual matter prevents social change.
Spoils of Freedom, Paperback (July 1994)» View all books by Renata Salecl
The Spoils of Freedom examines the rise of nationalist, racist and anti-feminist ideologies in post-socialist Eastern Europe. This provocative study asks what has become of the notions of democracy and human rights.
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Author Biography - Renata Salecl
Renata Salecl is currently Visiting professor in the Literature department at Duke University and Centennial Professor in the department of Law at the LSE. Her full time position is senior researcher at the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana in Slovenia.
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