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I am currently an Associate Professor of Sociology at East China University of Science and Technology. My research is concerned with the transnational production, circulation and consumption of popular psychotherapeutic discourses.
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families/childhood/education, self-help/popular psychology, culture/cognition, morality, social change/media/technology
China, Korea
East Asia
East China University of Science and Technology (华东理工大学), Shanghai
Popular psychology as a moral grammar of everyday life
German, English, Spanish, French, Korean, Latin, Chinese
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My research considers intersections between contemporary capitalism and psychotherapeutic narratives of personal lives. In this context, my recent work has sought to address three issues. First, it explores the roles which popular psychology may play in societies in the Global South, in the context of globalisation and (post-)colonialism. Second, it analyses the transnational production, circulation and consumption of popular psychotherapeutic products and services. Third, it theorises the ways in which these products and services and the narratives they embody may organise public discourse and personal experiences of self and social relationships.

My most recent book, Therapeutic Worlds, was published in early 2019 by Routledge. I am currently working on the Handbook of Global Therapeutic Cultures, and on a study that examines the cultural construction of mindfulness as a Western self-help fashion. I am also an editor of Therapeutic Cultures, a book series launched by Routledge in 2017.

Nehring, D. and Kerrigan, D. (2019), Therapeutic Worlds: Popular Psychology and the Social Organisation of Intimate Life, Abingdon: Routledge.

Nehring, D. and Kerrigan, D. (2018) ‘Thin selves: Popular psychology and the transnational moral grammar of self-identity in Trinidad‘, Consumption Markets & Culture, online first, DOI: 10.1080/10253866.2018.1516814.

Nehring, D., Alvarado, E., Hendriks, E. and Kerrigan, D. (2016), Transnational Popular Psychology and the Global Self-Help Industry: The Politics of Contemporary Social Change, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.