The Routledge International Handbook of Global Therapeutic Cultures explores central lines of enquiry and seminal scholarship on therapeutic cultures, popular psychology, and the happiness industry. Bringing together studies of therapeutic cultures from sociology, anthropology, psychology, education, politics, law, history, social work, cultural studies, development studies, and American Indian studies, it adopts a consciously global focus, combining studies of the psychologisation of social life from across the world. Thematically organised, it offers historical accounts of the growing prominence of therapeutic discourses and practices in everyday life, before moving to consider the construction of self-identity in the context of the diffusion of therapeutic discourses in connection with the global spread of capitalism. With attention to the ways in which emotional language has brought new problematisations of the dichotomy between the normal and the pathological, as well as significant transformations of key institutions, such as work, family, education, and religion, it examines emergent trends in therapeutic culture and explores the manner in which the advent of new therapeutic technologies, the political interest in happiness, and the radical privatisation and financialisation of social life converge to remake self-identities and modes of everyday experience. Finally, the volume features the work of scholars who have foregrounded the historical and contemporary implication of psychotherapeutic practices in processes of globalisation and colonial and postcolonial modes of social organisation. Presenting agenda-setting research to encourage interdisciplinary and international dialogue and foster the development of a distinctive new field of social research, The Routledge International Handbook of Global Therapeutic Cultures will appeal to scholars across the social sciences with interests in the advance of therapeutic discourses and practices in an increasingly psychologised society.

part Part 1|50 pages


chapter |11 pages


Therapeutic global cultures from a multidisciplinary perspective: present and future challenges
ByDaniel Nehring, Ole Jacob Madsen, Edgar Cabanas, China Mills, Dylan Kerrigan

chapter 1|11 pages

Therapeutic cultures

Historical perspectives
ByOle Jacob Madsen

chapter 2|12 pages

Charting the emergence of the self as a social representation from early modernity to the 20th century

A constructionist approach
ByPatricia Neville

chapter 3|14 pages

Self-help, therapeutic industries, and neoliberalism

ByHeidi Rimke

part Part 2|84 pages

Therapeutic discourses

chapter 4|16 pages

Happiness imperialism

ByAnat Fanti

chapter 5|12 pages

Becoming positive souls

Spirituality and happiness from New Thought to positive psychology
ByEdgar Cabanas, José Carlos Sánchez-González

chapter 6|9 pages


The failure of success
ByEva Illouz

chapter 7|12 pages

Stigmas old and new

The changing nature of stigma in the 21st century
ByKenneth McLaughlin

chapter 8|15 pages

ADHD as a symptom of the times

Social distress and its naturalisation
ByMarino Pérez-Álvarez

chapter 9|16 pages

Mindfulness as a self-help fad

The mindfulness industry, popular psychological knowledge, and the sociological imagination 1
ByDaniel Nehring, Ashley Frawley

part Part 3|80 pages

Therapeutic experiences

chapter 10|14 pages

Self-esteem, happiness and the therapeutic fad cycle

ByAshley Frawley

chapter 11|12 pages

The cultivation of subjectivity of young people in youth support systems

ByK. Brunila, J. Honkasilta, E. Ikävalko, M. Lanas, A. Masoud, K. Mertanen, K. Mäkelä

chapter 12|12 pages

Mental health, subjectivity, and subjective development

The multiple angles of mental health care
ByDaniel Magalhães Goulart, Fernando González Rey

chapter 13|14 pages

Embodied therapeutic culture

ByMichal Pagis

chapter 14|12 pages

Unlearning privilege

The therapeutic ethos and the battle within the white self
BySam Binkley

chapter 15|12 pages

Therapeutic culture and relational wellbeing 1

BySarah C. White, Shreya Jha

part Part 4|78 pages

Therapeutic practices

chapter 16|14 pages

Globalising personality

A view from China
ByAmir Hampel

chapter 17|12 pages

Digital therapeutic culture

ByJan De Vos

chapter 18|12 pages

Counselling and Confucianism in China

A new twist on tradition
ByJie Yang

chapter 19|11 pages

Between Freud and Umbanda

Therapeutic constellations in Buenos Aires, Argentina 1
ByMariano Ben Plotkin, Nicolás Viotti

chapter 20|10 pages

Faith healing

Haunted discourses of distress in India
BySabah Siddiqui

chapter 21|15 pages

Masculine performers and good girls

Negotiating gender norms in therapeutic engagements
BySuvi Salmenniemi, Laura Kemppainen

part Part 5|92 pages

Therapeutic technologies and therapeutic institutions

chapter 22|12 pages

Therapeutic education?

Negotiating ‘evidence’ and ‘experience’ as part of the professionalisation of psychiatry students in India
ByClément Bayetti

chapter 23|13 pages

The crisis of psychotherapy and the road to a post-therapeutic future 1

ByManfred Wiesner, Eugene Epstein, Lothar Duda

chapter 24|12 pages

India’s digital therapeutic assemblage

Smartphone apps, stress, and mental health 1
ByEva Hilberg, China Mills

chapter 25|12 pages

The Nordic therapeutic welfare state and its resilient citizens

ByKristiina Brunila, Hanna Ylöstalo

chapter 27|11 pages

Undead psyche

Post-colonial art as therapeutic paradox in the Caribbean
ByMarsha Pearce

chapter 28|13 pages

Psychology estranged

Mind, culture, and capitalism
ByRon Roberts

part Part 6|74 pages

Therapeutic politics

chapter 29|11 pages

Neoliberal genre, not so liberal consumption

When a Japanese ‘morning person’ book crossed the South Korean border
ByChoon Key Chekar

chapter 30|9 pages

Where has all the context gone?

Feminism within therapeutic culture
ByDana Becker

chapter 31|12 pages

Trauma’s empty promise

Indigenous death, economics, and resurgence
ByDian Million

chapter 32|14 pages

Recognising the political in the therapeutic

Trauma talk and public inquiries
ByKatie Wright

chapter 33|11 pages

Ontological coaching and the post-therapeutic turn in neoliberal governmentality

ByRodrigo De La Fabián, Mauricio Sepúlveda

chapter 34|13 pages

Therapeutic jurisprudence in Trinidad and Tobago

Legitimacy, inclusion, and the neo-colonialism of procedural justice
ByDylan Kerrigan