After Success: Fin-de-Siecle Anxiety and Identity
November 1995, Polity
1. Introduction: Mortality, the Individual and Society.
2. Success in Shame Cultures and Guilt Cultures.
3. Managing Without Success 1960-1990.
4. Styles of Success in Business.
5. The Neurosis of Success.
6. Success-Led or Anxiety-Driven?.
7. Working for Self Identity.
8. From Hoccleve's Complaint to the Anxious Class.
9. Seeking Balance.
* Uses interviews with a diversity of successful people which provide highly articulate, vivid and memorable accounts of their lives.
* Presents new insights into the troubles many people are now experiencing in a new age of anxiety.
'Stimulating analysis ... the great merit of Pahl's book is that his critique of post-modernist assumptions about the self and anxiety points up this misleading conflation of the soical and the psychological, and makes him aware of the misuses of 'tradition' and over-socialised conceptions of the individual.' Work, Employment and Society
'A characteristically bold and provocative text ... extremely interesting.' Time and Society
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