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One Nation Under Stress: The Trouble with Stress as an Idea

Dana Becker


Everyone is talking about stress. From 1970 to 1980, 2,326 academic articles appeared with the word “stress” in the title. In the decade between 2000 and 2010 that number jumped to 21,750. Has life become ten times more stressful, or is it the stress concept itself that has grown exponentially over the past forty years? This book argues that our national infatuation with the therapeutic culture has created a middle-class moral imperative to manage the tensions of daily life by turning inward, ignoring the social and political realities that underlie those tensions. The book shows that although ... More

Keywords: stress, therapeutic culture, tension, family life, terrorism, stress concept, middle-class anxieties

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199742912
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199742912.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dana Becker, author
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA, Associate Professor of Social Work