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The Myth of Empowerment
Author: Dana Becker

ISBN: 9780814799253
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 243
Published: 16 June 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 1.27 x 15.88 x 23.5
Dana Becker writes that for the past few decades women have been encouraged to believe that by taking care of their psychological selves they are becoming ever more powerful. Not so. In this intelligent and chilling examination, Becker traces how the repackaging of the psychological as power has led to the ultimate colonization of women's psyches. She is a beautiful writer, an exacting historian of ideas, and a tremendously intelligent guide through these troubled waters.--Sharon Lamb, Professor of Psychology, Saint Michael's College and author of The Secret Lives of Girls and The Trouble with Blame.I was impressed with how the author marshaled this critical literature into a coherent and...compelling narrative.--Social Service ReviewThe Myth of Empowerment artfully documents 150 years of American efforts at self-improvement. Re-reading such sociological classics as Bellah, Lasch, Reiff, and Reissman, Becker expands (and sometimes explodes) their arguments by inserting women into their accounts of social life. Moving next to a savvy account of popular women-centered therapies arising out of the late 20th century feminism, Becker shows how they unwittingly incorporate some ...

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