© 2009

Psychotherapy, American Culture, and Social Policy

Immoral Individualism

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Part of the Culture, Mind, and Society book series (CMAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Elizabeth A. Throop
    Pages 1-23
  3. Elizabeth A. Throop
    Pages 25-40
  4. Elizabeth A. Throop
    Pages 41-57
  5. Elizabeth A. Throop
    Pages 59-79
  6. Elizabeth A. Throop
    Pages 81-100
  7. Elizabeth A. Throop
    Pages 101-116
  8. Elizabeth A. Throop
    Pages 117-139
  9. Elizabeth A. Throop
    Pages 141-156
  10. Elizabeth A. Throop
    Pages 157-169
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 171-192

About this book


A lively indictment of American culture's pervasive use of the psychotherapeutic metaphor to explain behaviours, a habit that has crossed the Atlantic in recent years, arguing that psychotherapy and excessive individualism has only ensured the continuance of social problems.


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About the authors

ELIZABETH A. THROOP is Chair, of the Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work and Associate Professor of Anthropology at Eastern Kentucky University, USA.

Bibliographic information


"Throop s book is a real winner. The book cuts across clinical psychology and cultural studies. It improves greatly on some similar material and attempts to trace individualism in actual policies. Throop knows the literature and has gone about a cultural critique in a sensible way." - William Epstein, Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work, University of Nevada, Las Vegas