Propaganda in the Helping Professions

Hardcover | March 21, 2012

byEileen Gambrill

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Propaganda in the helping professions has grown by leaps and bounds in recent decades, with alarming implications for clients and their families, as well as the professionals who try to help them. There is a fog that has been generated by corporate interests and organizations attempting tosell their services and products to desperate or poorly educated consumers. Propaganda in the Helping Professions is a guide to lifting the confusion. From phrenology to institutional crib-beds for adult psychiatric patients, from Roman bird-beak masks to drugs designed to combat overurination, readers are taken on a tour across the centuries of egregious practices of professionals and quacks including the present-day medicalization of our lives.The author, one of the field's most relentless critics of fads, phonies, and fallacies, shows readers how to think critically about both research and advertising in order to deliver effective services to clients and not be bamboozled by bogus claims about alleged problems, risks, and remedies.Incisive, interesting, eminently readable, and passionately argued, this book places responsibility for client well-being both on consumers - to raise questions - and on the professionals who claim to help them - to accurately answer them.

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Propaganda in the helping professions has grown by leaps and bounds in recent decades, with alarming implications for clients and their families, as well as the professionals who try to help them. There is a fog that has been generated by corporate interests and organizations attempting tosell their services and products to desperate ...

Eileen Gambrill, PhD, is Hutto Patterson Professor of Child and Family Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:March 21, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195325001

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Part 1. Introduction1. Propaganda in the Helping Professions: What is it and Why Should You Care?Part 2. Context, Actors, and Scripts2. Introduction to the Players3. Interactions among the Players4. Propaganda Analysis: Different LevelsPart 3. Consequences of Propaganda5. A Rogue's Gallery of Harms Related to Propaganda in the Helping Professions6. The Medicalization of LifePart 4. How They Reel Us In7. Obscure Different Views of Knowledge and How to Get It8. Appeal to Popular Grand Narratives and Metaphors9. Disguise Advertisements as Professional Literature10. Propagandistic Use of Language and Social Psychological Persuasion Strategies11. Appeal to Our Psychological VulnerabilitiesPart 5. What You Can Do12. Enhance Your Argument Analysis Skills13. Increase Your Skill in Spotting Fallacies14. Increase Your Skill in Searching for Answers for YourselfNotesReferencesIndex