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Anxious China

Inner Revolution and Politics of Psychotherapy

Li Zhang

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Pädagogik

Beschreibung

The breathless pace of China’s economic reform has brought about deep ruptures in socioeconomic structures and people’s inner landscape. Faced with increasing market-driven competition and profound social changes, more and more middle-class urbanites are turning to Western-style psychological counseling to grapple with their mental distress. This book offers an in-depth ethnographic account of how an unfolding “inner revolution” is reconfiguring selfhood, psyche, family dynamics, sociality, and the mode of governing in post-socialist times. Li Zhang shows that anxiety—broadly construed in both medical and social terms—has become a powerful indicator for the general pulse of contemporary Chinese society. It is in this particular context that Zhang traces how a new psychotherapeutic culture takes root, thrives, and transforms itself across a wide range of personal, social, and political domains.

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economics, happiness, contemporary chinese society, economic reform, therapeutic self, psychological counseling, inner landscape, psychotherapeutic culture, middle class urbanites, satir model, family dynamics, mental disorders, mental health, inner revolution, political authority, ethnography, social changes, sociality, institutional rationality, therapeutic relationships, psyche, socioeconomic structures, self transformation, china, mental distress, therapeutic governing, selfhood, market driven competition