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Book Forum: Tomas Matza’s Shock Therapy: Psychology, Precarity, and Well-Being in Postsocialist Russia

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In Shock Therapy: Psychology, Precarity, and Well-Being in Postsocialist Russia (Duke University Press, 2018), Tomas Matza traces the landscape of “psy” disciplines, practices, and institutions across postsocialist Saint Petersburg. Writing with a distinctive conceptual subtlety and care, Matza pushes beyond a range of well-established interpretations to examine the multiple ways in which psychotherapy has provided tools for people to understand and transform themselves in postsocialist times, sometimes with deeply complicated political and ethical outcomes. We hope that you enjoy these commentaries!

Contributions:

Tomas Matza’s Shock Therapy
​Benjamin Krupp and Jessica Greenberg
University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign

The Precarity of Anticipation
Noelle Molé Liston
New York University

Comments on Tomas Matza’s Shock Therapy
Douglas Rogers
Yale University

The Politics of Psychosociality
Li Zhang
University of California-Davis

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