Lifestyle Media And The Formation Of The Self

Hardcover | February 15, 2011

byJayne Raisborough

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"Be the best you can be" urge self-help books and makeover TV shows, but what kind of self is imagined as needing a makeover and what kind of self is imagined as the happy result? Drawing on recent sociology and psychology, this book explores the function of slummy mummies, headless zombies and living autopsies to creating an idea of self.

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"Be the best you can be" urge self-help books and makeover TV shows, but what kind of self is imagined as needing a makeover and what kind of self is imagined as the happy result? Drawing on recent sociology and psychology, this book explores the function of slummy mummies, headless zombies and living autopsies to creating an idea of s...

JAYNE RAISBOROUGH Senior Lecturer in Applied Social Science at the University of Brighton, UK. Her work explores the contextual and emotional dynamics of selfhood. She co-edited Risk, Identities and the Everyday and her current work explores lifestyle TV, media representations of death and middle-class sensibilities.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.6 × 0.7 inPublished:February 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230242952

ISBN - 13:9780230242951

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Being Scrooge-like: An Introduction to Lifestyle Media and the Formation of Self
PART I INTRODUCING LIFESTYLE CITIZENS
When Life is not Enough: Making More of the Self
Makeover Culture: Becoming a Better Self
PART II FRAMING THE SELF
Living Autopsies: Visualising Responsibility
Headless Zombies: Framing the Fat Body
PART III BEFORE AND AFTER
Being Worth It: The Deserving Self
Repatriated and Repaired: Gender’s Happy Ending
References
Index

Editorial Reviews

"A well-written, up-to-date dissection of lifestyle media and makeover culture. Raisborough’s book is a compelling read for all students of contemporary media culture." -- Rosalind Gill, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, King’s College London, UK