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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  426 ratings  ·  42 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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Amin
نیمه اول کتاب که به فرآیند ایدئولوژیک شدن مصرف در جوامع پساصنعتی و مثالها و تحلیل هایش می پردازد، نیمه جذاب تر و قابل تامل کتاب است. تعریف ایدئولوژیک شدن مصرف و تعمیمش به فضای تصمیم گیری های مدرن، استرس های ناشی از فرآیند انتخاب بی شمار و ارتباطش با الگوها و آرمانهای جامعه سرمایه داری و جهان بینی عمیقا فردگرایانه ای که ریشه مشکلات جدید برای بشر مدرن شده اند، از بحثهای قابل ذکر در این نیمه هستند

اما از اواسط کتاب فضای مباحث به سمت تحلیل های روانکاوانه کشیده می شود. قلم نویسنده در این بحثها کمی مرا
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Malcolm
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, sociology
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
Mskabatas
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bu tarz kitapları okudukça aslında hiç bir kararı kendi basımıza alamadığımızı hep birilerinin veya birşeylerin etkisiyle o karara yöneldiğimizi çok açık ve net anlıyorum.
Seçenekler çoğaldıkça karar vermek icin kendimizi perisan ediyoruz. Karar vermenin zorluğunu ve sonrasındaki acısını hep başka birine yüklüyoruz.
Karar verirken genelde kazançlar yerine kaybetmenin riskinden kaçınıyoruz.
Kucuk bir yağmur ihtimaline karşın koca gün şemsiyeyi hiç kullanmayacak olsakta yanımızda taşıyoruz.
Bazı k
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Leseparatist
May 03, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, owned, research
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
TJ Wilson
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nick
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 f
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Johanna
Feb 24, 2014 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 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 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 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 rated it it was amazing
Berem v slovenščini.
Andreas
Mar 22, 2017 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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Greta
Once again Freud and Lacan show up to show us the way. Sadly, they don't. Their way is so last century, IMHO. In this book, the author splices together an explanation of why more is less and why too many choices can be limiting. While I agree with her premise, the book itself wasn't particularly enlightening on the subject of choice and its detrimental aspects but more of a rant about the particulars of modern capitalism gone awry. It was very a good vehicle for Renata Salecl to "be herself" and ...more
Natania
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very smart book--deceptively short and fast as a read; actually deep and wide-ranging. An addition to the rapidly growing shelf of books on how to read and protect yourself against the insidiousness of late capitalism. Lots of entertaining and eye-opening factoids, too.
Gizem Kocak
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book's itself is really eye-opening and fascinating. The critical point of the author upgrades the consciousness level about self-help. Besides, the paradox of choice is just a result of consumerism according to her.
Maciej Bojda
Było ok. Nie zmienia to jakoś drastycznie światopoglądu. W zasadzie nic, co nie byłoby już wiadome. Jednak ładnie uporządkowane, poparte ciekawymi przykładami.
Nihad
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reads fairly easily, can be read in one sitting. Revisits an important question to whom we are really accountable in choosing and decision-making.
Brono
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
this book was resting on a friend's shelf. The title got under my skin though one have to read to have its own conclusion.
fatmaayca
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yılı güzel kapattım!
Markw
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some very interesting ideas, but too much psychoanalytic jargon for me
Ana
Nov 06, 2014 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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Daria
Oct 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
TIRANIJA IZBORA, RENATA SALECL

U ovoj knjizi autorica objašnjava zašto danas kod ljudi dolazi do sve češćih napadaja anksioznosti, panike i osjećaja manje vrijednosti tvrdeći da je tomu uzrok velika mogućnost izbora, koji zbog svoje širine, ljudima zapravo samo predstavlja teret. Ljudi su, da bi ublažili vlastitu tjeskobu, pristali slijediti upute knjiga za samopomoć koje im konstantno nameću “vlastiti izbor” i pravila ponašanja za sve i svašta, koja živeći danas ubrzanim ritmom ne mogu slijediti
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Phakin
Dec 24, 2014 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 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
Paul W
Mar 25, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: decision-making
"When there are so many options to choose from, when choice becomes so overbearing, and when the responsibility for making the wrong choice appears so anxiety-provoking, foundering in indecisiveness seems to offer protection from the possible regret and disappointment that choice might provoke." This sentence both sums up the central tenet of this book and highlights the clumsy and awkward drafting and editing.
The title of the book suggests an insight to an important topic.
Unfortunately the book
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Jamie
Mar 03, 2012 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 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 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.
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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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