The Tyranny of Choice by Renata Salecl
(Big Ideas (Profile Books))

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews



Today we are encouraged to view our lives as being full of choice. Like products on a supermarket shelf, our identities seem to be there for the choosing. But paradoxically this freedom can create anxiety, and feelings of guilt and inadequacy. In The Tyranny of Choice, acclaimed philosopher and sociologist Renata Salecl explores how late capitalism's shrill exhortations to 'be yourself' are leading to ever-greater disquiet - and how its insistence on choice being a purely individual matter can prevent social change.

Drawing on diverse examples from popular culture - spanning dating sites and self-help books, to our obsession with celebrities' lifestyles - and fusing sociology, psychoanalysis and philosophy, Salecl shows that choice is rarely based on a simple rational decision with a predictable outcome.


About Renata Salecl

See more books from this Author
Renata Salecl is a philosopher and sociologist. She is visiting professor at BIOS centre at the London School of Economics. Her previous books include On Anxiety and have been translated into ten languages. In 2010, Renata Salecel was awarded the title of "Slovenian woman scientist of the year" and in December of the same year, she was named "Slovenian person of the year" by the daily newspaper Delo
Published June 12, 2011 by Profile Books Ltd. 192 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Self Help, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for The Tyranny of Choice

The Guardian

See more reviews from this publication

She argues that capitalist society uses the ideology of choice to keep the wheels turning and also to safeguard its very existence: if we're wrapped up in our own private desires, we have no time to think about choosing a new, improved way of structuring society.

Aug 20 2011 | Read Full Review of The Tyranny of Choice (Big Id...

ForeWord Reviews

We live in a free society, yet, in philosopher Renata Salecl’s opinion, society has reached a point where “life choices are described in the same terms as consumer choices.” It’s a scenario that creates the illusion that we can control every aspect of our lives—from the biggest decision on down t...

| Read Full Review of The Tyranny of Choice (Big Id...

London School of Economics

In the context of the continuing global Occupy movement, The Tyranny of Choice adds an eloquent voice to the growing expression of dissatisfaction at the lack of any real democratic social choice and an increasing sense of the need for an alternative social system, finds Kalim Patel in his review...

Jan 08 2012 | Read Full Review of The Tyranny of Choice (Big Id...

Rate this book!

Add Review