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Choice

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  307 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Drawing on diverse examples from popular culture - from dating sites and relationship self-help books, to our obsession with imitating celebrities' lifestyles - and fusing sociology, psychoanalysis and philosophy, this study on the nature of choice shows that choice is rarely based on a simple rational decision with a predictable outcome.
Paperback, 184 pages
Published June 17th 2010 by Profile books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Malcolm
Feb 28, 2013 Malcolm rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sociology, philosophy
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, access ...more
Leseparatist
May 03, 2014 Leseparatist rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: research, owned, 2014
Końcówka ratowała książkę, ale wydanie jest fatalne. Tłumaczenie popełnia błędy, podobnie korekta: nowy akapit w środku zdania, "nie raz" kiedy powinno być "nieraz" ale za to brak spacji między "(nie)" i "przeżyć" w tytule książki Ehrenreich, arbitralność kursywy w terminach obcojęzycznych to tylko bardziej rzucające się w oczy problemy. Sama Salecl upraszcza i spłaszcza, przeskakuje z ciekawych rzezy na zbędne anegdotki, a w dodatku dokleja psychoanalizę mało zgrabnie (zasadniczo wiedziałam, że ...more
UChicagoLaw
"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 t ...more
Johanna
Feb 24, 2014 Johanna rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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 more 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 ...more
Pelin
Nov 01, 2014 Pelin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Bu "gelişim" hiç de kişisel değil!

Gelişimin peşinde koşarken büyük ötekinin dediklerini mi yapıyorum, yoksa gerçekten seçimi ben mi yapıyorum?
Bu konuda farkındalığım arttı!

Toplumsal cinsiyet rollerinin kadınların seçimlerini etkilemesine değinilmiş, bir kadın olarak seçim yapmak bazen çok çok daha zor!

Konuya farklı yönlerden yaklaşan, sorgulayan, örnekleyen harika bi kitap! Şiddetle tavsiye edilir! ;)
Steven
Sep 04, 2012 Steven rated it did not like it
Ab-so-lute-ly terrible. This is not a work of philosophy on any level - even an amateur should feel ashamed at producing such anecdotal tripe.
Bekah
Apr 10, 2012 Bekah rated it really liked it
It was a relief to read this and explains a lot about my behavior. Thank goodness something can.
Lili
Aug 23, 2011 Lili rated it it was amazing
Berem v slovenščini.
Andreas
Mar 22, 2017 Andreas rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Kurzfassung
Das Buch geht der Frage nach, welche Auswirkungen die freie Eintscheidungswahl auf den Menschen hat und ob es sie überhaupt gibt. Leider nimmt die Psychoanalyse einen zu großen Raum ein und mir fehlte über weite Strecken eine Differenzierung. Die Autorin macht es sich zu leicht wenn sie die Wahlfreiheit komplett verdammt, was ja in Apathie enden würde. Sie zeigt aber auch, wann die Freiheit nur eine Illusion ist und da lohnt es sich, genauer hinzuschauen.

Langfassung
Aus der Verhaltensf
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Ana
Nov 06, 2014 Ana rated it did not like it
IZSILJENA IZBIRA BRANJA TE KNJIGE
Renata Salecl: Izbira

Zanimivo, da so v prevodu ohranili naslov originala, ki bi ga zlahka spremenili v "Kako izbrati?". Ta knjiga je namreč samoironičen self-help priročnik, ki našteva neskončno primerov in vmes ponavlja mantro: »Niste si sami krivi. Krivite kapitalizem. A bodite še naprej nesrečni, tudi v tem je jouissance, to je tvoje bistvo!« Med branjem se sprašuješ in upaš, da je morda zgolj slab prevod, a tudi če bi bil, si je Renata sama kriva, kaj pa ne p
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Phakin
Dec 24, 2014 Phakin rated it really liked it
"สังคมทุนนิยมในทุกวันนีไดหมคลุมความแตกตางทางชนชัน เชือชาติ และความไมเทาเทียมทางเพศเอาไว ดวยการยืนยันถึงความคิดเรืองการเลือก ในปี 1987 มารกาเรต แทตเชอรประกาศวา "ไมมีสิงทีเรียกวาสังคม จะมีกแตปัจเจกชนเพศชายและหญิง และมีกแตครอบครัวเทานัน" ทัศนคติเชนนีในเวลาตอมาไดแทรกซอนเขาไปในทุกระดับของสังคมของเรา ความรูสึกอับอายทีเปนคนจน และผิดบาปทีไมอาจไตเตาขึนสูบันไดแหงความสำเรจทางเศรษฐกิจ ไดเขามาแทนทีการตอสูกับความอยุติธรรมทางสังคม สวนความกังวลใจวาตัวเองไมดีพอกกำราบผูคนใหสงบเสงียม ทังยังนำพาพวกเขาใหเขาสูชัวโมงก ...more
Gozde
Aug 01, 2013 Gozde rated it liked it
It is a nice little book that provides an overview of the psychological effects of late capitalism from the perspective of the 'tyranny of choice.' The writer's argument is that as we are given more freedom to choose, it becomes more oppressive to live. The idea of having a choice might sound liberating, but Salecl shows that as much as we seem to make our decisions ourselves internally, we actually desire external authorities (i.e. self-help books, life couches etc.) more than ever to tell us w ...more
Jamie
Mar 03, 2012 Jamie rated it did not like it
I think this book could have been great had there been real scholarship going on and not a series of anecdotes that were every once in awhile interrupted by a superficial Lacanian analysis. The author was just too glib for me, and frankly I found it irritating that, while so much of the underlying theoretical frame borrows from Foucault's work on governmentality, limits and transgression and his discourse analyses of sexuality, the author couldn't be bothered to cite him once. Guess she's way to ...more
Emily-Jane
Jan 17, 2016 Emily-Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely amazing. 'The Tyranny of Choice' is one of the few books I would recommend for everyone to read. Totally shifted my perspective of Western ideology and culture despite not actively promoting an idea of how one should perceive the Western world or how to react to that perception, which I appreciated. Salecl simply outlines her perspective, and the evidence which supports it, and allows you to make your own conclusions. One of those books that shapes the perception of your life for the ...more
س
Feb 22, 2012 س rated it liked it
Easy to read and interesting psychoanalytical self help book. I was bitching about finding difficulty making a career choice to a friend and he suggested I read this book, which was recommended to him by his therapist. if you find yourself struggling between life's choices and feeling anxiety about decisions, this is a good book to read. Not particularly groundbreaking stuff but I was never bored either.
Banu Kibar
Nov 22, 2015 Banu Kibar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eğer durduramadığınız ve hiçbir şekilde tatmine ulaşamadığınız bir alışveriş merakınız ya da tam tersi hiçbir şekilde harekete geçemiyorsanız veyahut da hiçbir seçeneğinizin olmadığını düşünüyorsanız... Seçme ikilemi bu noktada neyi neden yaptığınızı fark etmenizi sağlayacak bir kitap. 126 sayfası ile de derinliği ayarında okuma keyfi kıvamında.
Natasa Tovornik
Jun 23, 2012 Natasa Tovornik rated it liked it
Shelves: society
Salecl talks about the different types of choices we seem to face and also explores if this are choices at all. If not in a pursuit of our individual power we expanded the instrument of choice in too many places, making us decide something that we are not capable of.
A very interesting read, despite sometimes being a bit "academic".
Aniabania
Na początku zaznaczę, że autorka odwołuje się do psychoanalizy, która nie jest mi dobrze znanym tematem. Pomimo jedynie dwóch gwiazdek, nie żałuję przeczytania "Tyranii wyboru". Jest to jednak dla mnie przede wszystkim tekst zawierający luźno połączone anegdoty z czasami nieudanymi próbami podbudowania tego naukowymi odniesieniami do psychoanalizy.
Zarja
Oct 04, 2016 Zarja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teoretske
Zelo prodorna knjiga, ki bi lahko bila še več kot dobra, če le ne bi vsebovala toliko nepotrebnih psihoanalitičnih zastranitev in nekaterih malo za lase privlečenih primerov.
Gabrijela
Tiranija izbora
Tom
Aug 26, 2010 Tom rated it really liked it
First book that really describes the modern urban experience, for me. Look forward to the sequel in which Salecl outlines further how we might engage with what she has here described.
Xander Fraum
Mar 05, 2015 Xander Fraum rated it really liked it
Who wants to entirely deconstruct the all pervasiveness of the idea of choice? Renata Salecl does. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Pinar Gungor
Aug 21, 2015 Pinar Gungor rated it liked it
Guzel ve ilginc basladi
Sonra hizlica Lacan'a sardi ve ben koptum. Olayi filazoflara baglamak zor is. Sonrasinda da ayni orjinalligi gosteremedi.
Pf
Sep 04, 2015 Pf rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pričakovala sem knjigo bolj v stilu avtoričinih kolumen v Sobotni prilogi Dela. Upam torej na njeno takšno zbirko esejev kmalu.
Maja
Ne mislim izgubljati besed o tako nesmiselni knjigi in napisati svojega mnenja.
Ali časa, da bi jo dejansko prebrala do konca.
Ni vredno.
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Renata Salecl is a Slovenian philosopher, sociologist and legal theorist. She is a senior researcher at the Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law at the University of Ljubljana. She has been a visiting professor at London School of Economics for several years and is about to take over similar tasks at Birkbeck College University of London, lecturing on the topic of emotions and law. Every year ...more
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“The idea of choice has deeply penetrated our perception of feelings, as though we can ‘choose’ whether or not to have them.” 3 likes
“The ego (one’s self-perception) is a very shaky structure, easily undermined by unconscious drives and desires. It is possible to repress those drives for a while and feel like a capable, rational subject, but eventually they will reveal themselves in the form of idiosyncratic behaviour, slips of the tongue, even illnesses. The perception that one can craft an identity by copying that of someone else has created particular problems in today’s society.” 1 likes
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