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Choice pdf Choice, ebook Choice, epub Choice, doc Choice, e-pub Choice, Choice cce1e89271c Today We Are Encouraged To View Our Lives As Being Full Of Choice Like Products On A Supermarket Shelf, Our Identities Seem To Be There For The Choosing But Paradoxically This Freedom Can Create Anxiety, And Feelings Of Guilt And Inadequacy In The Tyranny Of Choice, Acclaimed Philosopher And Sociologist Renata Salecl Explores How Late Capitalism S Shrill Exhortations To Be Yourself Are Leading To Ever Greater Disquiet And How Its Insistence On Choice Being A Purely Individual Matter Can Prevent Social ChangeDrawing On Diverse Examples From Popular Culture Spanning Dating Sites And Self Help Books, To Our Obsession With Celebrities Lifestyles And Fusing Sociology, Psychoanalysis And Philosophy, Salecl Shows That Choice Is Rarely Based On A Simple Rational Decision With A Predictable Outcome


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    Before I go any further, despite the poor rating I think this is an important book that people should read but as I ll outline below it is flawed and problematic, and for that reason limited That doesn t stop me thinking that confronting and debunking this question of choice is probably one of the major political issues of the time and I have great respect for Salecl s attempt to confront and grapple with it I really want to rate this as high on several scales important, readable, accessible, flawed, disappointing, theoretically problematic.The emergence of choice as the leitmotif of the contemporary age has been gradual, insidious and one of those ideological and hegemonic shifts that most of us miss until well after it has happened, although I ll give it to economists on the left, and especially feminist economists such as Nancy Folbre, who were criticising the potency of the myth of Rational Economic Man in the mid 1980s, and the critics of Rational Choice Marxism, such as Ellen Meiksins Wood, whose critique of choice took force about the same time For the rest of us, though, choice as the defining characteristic of the age has crept into our lives, becoming normalised in the contemporary politics and culture of the time as the measure of a successful social and political system We are offered choice in health care, education, chocolate bars, romance, when to start or stop having children, the type of fuel for our car, whether to plant trees to offset our air travel, where and when to exercise and in all cases the existence of choice is a marker of systemic success.The danger here is that when the existence of choice becomes the measure of success, it becomes, as Salecl notes in the timely but problematic book, a source of anxiety and tyrannical Anxiety and tyranny go hand in hand, for the most part because of the fear of making incorrect choices, but there are also the constraints on choice we may be offered it but for social, cultural or often economic reasons we may well be unable to exercise that is, denied that choice A consequence of this may be making choices that are undesirable, or by a particular value system wrong but necessary What is , we are then held responsible for the effects of our choices as individual actions isolated from material, social or cultural constraint so we see serious debates in the UK public health system about whether obese people should be refused care for obesity related because they choose to eat badly, not exercise and so forth their ill health is, by the logic of this system of choice, their fault I once wrote a paper arguing that under this tyrannical individualising culture of choice, physical inactivity was a logical and defensible choice I did not say it was a good choice, but that it is rational not surprisingly, it hasn t been taken up by many it is at.So, I came to this book with high hopes only to be disappointed, but it has taken me some time to nail down why On balance, there seem to be two problems The first is related to the ideological power of choice and the challenges of presenting that in a book targeted at a non specialist audience The ubiquity of this normalised as a public good choice means that exposing its presence as a problem, identifying its cause and effects and suggesting solutions requires a set of sophisticated insights which Salecl has and poetic style, which Salecl also has, but in this case she has abandoned in favour of a journalistic style that lacks the power to expose the richness of the trap that is choice As a result, the book is descriptive than analytically potent and to her credit, Salecl does not attempt the what to do about it problem So, the first problem then is one of voice genre idiom The second problem is theoretical Salecl s reliance on psychoanalysis is frustrating but then I am often frustrated by the dominance of psychoanalysis, and especially Lacanian approaches, in contemporary social analysis My problem is not with psychoanalysis as such, although it often becomes individualised, stultifying and a barrier to effective social change this may be why Salecl avoids the what to do problem In addition, the normalisation of psychologistic discourses means that, in a sense, Salecl is trying to use the master s tools to demolish the master s house choice, as an individualised cultural practice becomes a matter of psychology The upshot is that although her Lacanian analysis of forced choice is convincing, her case for a failure to change is reduced to one of shame while also pointing to but downplaying the ideological effects of choice as concurrently offered and denied The point is not that the psychoanalytic approach is not wrong it can be highly informative but that it is not enough in and of itself To her credit, Salecl concludes by highlighting the effects of small actions and unexpected and perhaps unintended consequences she ends on Ryszard Kapu ci ski s claim that the protests that eventually overthrew the Shah of Iran in 1978 started because a man refused a police demand that he stop, and she could just as easily ended on Mohammed Bouazizi s self immolation as the moment when the Arab Spring began or Mao Zedong s observation that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step , in reference to the Long March that led to the success of Chinese revolution In each of these cases the issue is a set of social, cultural and political consequences of choice that psychoanalysis does not help us understand, because they are well beyond the individual This is not a self help book, although I am sure some will try to read it that way, it is an attempt to explore a vital socio political and cultural issue in an intelligent and sophisticated manner for non specialist intelligent readers The issues it grapples with are vital for us to understand the power of contemporary class and social power and how it buys our collusion in our own oppression The range of examples Salecl calls into the discussion should give many readers a way into the issue, but overall the genre, idiom and theoretical approaches do not give the work the power it should have Having said that, the mission was extremely difficult and I know I could not have done better and in my previous foray into the field did nowhere near as well It is worth reading and important for all its limitations.


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    Bu tarz kitaplar okuduk a asl nda hi bir karar kendi bas m za alamad m z hep birilerinin veya bir eylerin etkisiyle o karara y neldi imizi ok a k ve net anl yorum Se enekler o ald k a karar vermek icin kendimizi perisan ediyoruz Karar vermenin zorlu unu ve sonras ndaki ac s n hep ba ka birine y kl yoruz Karar verirken genelde kazan lar yerine kaybetmenin riskinden ka n yoruz Kucuk bir ya mur ihtimaline kar n koca g n emsiyeyi hi kullanmayacak olsakta yan m zda ta yoruz Baz k s mlar zorlasada kitap gayet iyiydi.


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    Ko c wka ratowa a ksi k , ale wydanie jest fatalne T umaczenie pope nia b dy, podobnie korekta nowy akapit w rodku zdania, nie raz kiedy powinno by nieraz ale za to brak spacji mi dzy nie i prze y w tytule ksi ki Ehrenreich, arbitralno kursywy w terminach obcoj zycznych to tylko bardziej rzucaj ce si w oczy problemy Sama Salecl upraszcza i sp aszcza, przeskakuje z ciekawych rzezy na zb dne anegdotki, a w dodatku dokleja psychoanaliz ma o zgrabnie zasadniczo wiedzia am, e mo na si psychoanalizy tu spodziewa , to w ko cu by a ona i ka, ale wtedy, gdy co ciekawego mo na by z psychoanalizy czerpa np melancholi , to psychoanalizy nie ma, a kiedy indziej mamy redukcj prawie ka dej ludzkiej tendencji do symptomu i ka dego cz owieka do pacjenta na kozetce Ale krytyka minimalizmu jako legitymizuj cego konsumeryzm i stanowi cego gorzk drwin z prawdziwej biedy trafna Szkoda, e nie po wi ci a jej kilku stron wi cej Zasadniczo problemy ksi ki przynajmniej po cz ci wynikaj z jej wyj tkowo ma ej obj to ci Niby 200 stron, ale czcionka i rozstrzelenie spore po prostu nie ma miejsca na rozbudowanie argument w.


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    This book is a fascinating critique so well written and entertaining of our contemporary culture of choice and the anxiety that surrounds these times Salecl discusses the self help industry that has burgeoned to help us deal with choosing, and all the ways in which we subvert choice in order to get it over with Here is a delicious passage that opens the book at page 8 Today s advice culture presents the search for a spouse as not all that different from the search for a car first we need to weigh up all the advantages and disadvantages, then we need to secure a prenuptial agreement, mend things if they go wrong and eventually trade in the old model for a new one, before getting tired of all the hassle of commitment and deciding to go for a temporary lease agreement Happy readings Bernard Harcourt


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    This is an awesome book I think this book has created my most inward and profound reflection out of the entire year.It s pretty dense, but if you spend time with it, it will have you arm chair musing during breaks of reading.It s a good one.


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    This was a thought provoking book about a topic I am sure many of us have struggled with in the economically and socially liberated West, what happens to the human psyche when it has too much control Are we ultimately happier without constraints, or are we healthier when we inhabit a society with a consensus of limits Beyond that powerful kernel of an idea, though, this book fell frustratingly short of the expectations set by the well written and imaginative introduction The text suffered from too few influences Lacan and Freud occupy an awful lot of space, to the extent that it almost felt derivative or copy pasted The amalgamation of gray area modern philosophy post soft science did not feel genuinely corroborative it felt as though the author cherry picked philosophers agreeable to her position.Additionally, much of the tone of the text gave the impression of an older conservative lamenting the liberatory streak of young people, grounded in the author s personal worldview than in strains of contemporary philosophy i.e complaining about college students behavior, marveling morosely at hookup culture , etc Some of the kids these days paragraphs were genuinely cringe worthy.Another major drawback was the author s use of linguistic labeling to categorize people with psychiatric disorders as opposed to person first language for example, referring to an individual as a psychotic or an obsessive this may be how it was worded in Freud s time and text, but modern psychiatry is well beyond this category of linguistic faux pas.Ultimately, the most disappointing factor was the author s inclusion of gender and sexuality as personal choices She directly implies multiple times that queer folks and trans folks have made conscious, deliberate decisions in order to comprise the identity that they have This is a spit in the face both to gender sexuality research and to the lived experiences of queer and trans people I imagine that cultural norms are different in Slovenia, but still a broadly read contemporary philosopher and public figure should be able to do better.Again a thought provoking text, a quick and easy read, but filled with drawbacks that diminished the overall appeal and impact.


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    While this lost towards the end with a bunch of loose ends just rolling away from the reader , I thought the first half was very worth my time and everyone s Choice is basically a long feature article on an issue that is now current than ever How choice nowadays appears as absolute freedom, but really means absolute pressure when it comes to living and enjoying our lives, and our selves Salecl questions this sentiment as a bastard child of capitalism, and she delivers arguments to support that I know for me, Choice has been an important book to read this year.


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    Bu geli im hi de ki isel de il Geli imin pe inde ko arken b y k tekinin dediklerini mi yap yorum, yoksa ger ekten se imi ben mi yap yorum Bu konuda fark ndal m artt Toplumsal cinsiyet rollerinin kad nlar n se imlerini etkilemesine de inilmi , bir kad n olarak se im yapmak bazen ok ok daha zor Konuya farkl y nlerden yakla an, sorgulayan, rnekleyen harika bi kitap iddetle tavsiye edilir


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    Zelo prodorna knjiga, ki bi lahko bila e ve kot dobra, e le ne bi vsebovala toliko nepotrebnih psihoanaliti nih zastranitev in nekaterih malo za lase privle enih primerov.


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