The Tyranny of Choice, Renata Salecl’s book launch, February 28 at 6 p.m.
TCDS on behalf of The New School for Social Research invites you to celebrate with Cardozo School of Law the publication of Professor Renata Salecl’s book
The Tyranny of Choice
A study of the nature of choice and how limitless freedom can lead to despair, The Tyranny of Choice explores how capitalism’s shrill exhortations to ‘be oneself’ can be a tyranny which leads to ever-greater dissatisfaction and how the insistence that choice is a purely individual matter obstructs social change.
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, Salecl shows that choice is rarely based on a simple rational decision with a predictable outcome. With wisdom, humor and sensitivity, she examines the complexity of the essential human capacity to choose which has become mired in consumerist ironies.
DAY: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
TIME: 6 p.m.
LOCATION: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Faculty Lounge, Fifth Floor
55 Fifth Avenue, New York City
R.S.V.P. to Crystal Jones, 212.790.0312 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Renata Salecl is Visiting Professor at BIOS centre at the London School of Economics and at Birkbeck College School of Law. She is also a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Criminology at the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and a Recurring Visiting Professor at Cardozo School of Law in New York. She has been teaching at the Committee on Liberal studies of NSSR, and has been a long time collaborator of the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies.