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Self-Help, Inc.: Makeover Culture in American Life

Micki McGee


Why doesn't self-help help? This book puts forward this paradoxical question as it looks at a world where the market for self-improvement products—books, audiotapes, and extreme makeovers—is exploding, and there seems to be no end in sight. Rather than seeing narcissism at the root of the self-help craze, as others have contended, the author shows a nation relying on self-help culture for advice on how to cope in an increasingly volatile and competitive work world. The book reveals how makeover culture traps Americans in endless cycles of self-invention and overwork as they struggle to stay ah ... More

Keywords: self-help, self-improvement products, extreme makeovers, narcissism, self-invention, overwork, audiotapes, advice, makeover culture, restructuring economic order

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195171242
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171242.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Micki McGee, author
New York University