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Makeover nation : the United States of reinvention / Toby Miller.

By: Miller, Toby, 1958-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Columbus : Ohio State University Press, c2008Description: vii, 209 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780814210932 (cloth : alk. paper); 0814210937 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780814251690 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0814251692 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Social problems -- United States | Social change -- United States | United States -- Social conditionsDDC classification: 306.4/20973
The psy-function : making over minds -- Ritalin : making over youth -- Metrosexuality : making over men.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 147-199) and index.

The psy-function : making over minds -- Ritalin : making over youth -- Metrosexuality : making over men.

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In a sweeping analysis of several seemingly disparate aspects of US culture, Miller (media and cultural studies, Univ. of California, Riverside) argues that reinvention, broadly speaking, is at the heart of several key ideologies foundational to the US. Comprising only five chapters, the book includes analyses of "psy-functions"--psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy--alongside discussion of Ritalin and modern masculinity and metrosexuality. Unfortunately, the project the author undertakes is scattered, although the idea underlying the book is provocative--to examine the "idea that what you were born need not define you forever," or that US culture offers endless promise of change, individuality, and destinies to honor. The chapter on metrosexuality is the strongest and supports the title most directly. The book would benefit from a rethinking of its essential argument, some thinning of the pervasive and disruptive citations, and further focus on only one or two of its key arguments. More readable work on the makeover in US culture can be found in Self Help, Inc.: Makeover Culture in American Life, by Micki McGee (CH, Feb'06, 43-3706), or Saving the Modern Soul: Therapy, Emotions, and the Culture of Self-Help, by Eva Illouz (2008). Summing Up: Optional. Graduate collections only. R. F. Plante Ithaca College

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Toby Miller is chair of the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside.

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