Cherry, Scott Books

Dr. Scott Cherry received his Ph.D. from Loughborough University and is currently researching the rhetoric embedded in social science writing.

Critical Study of Self-Help and Self-Improvement Practices: Textual, Discursive, and Ethnographic Perspectives
2011 0-7734-1576-9
The contemporary cultural phenomenon of self-help is highly visible and yet inadequately understood. This study explores the seeming polarization of self-help – the splitting of the individual (the self) and the collective (the help) – through detailed ethnographic examination of self-help books and self-help groups. It relates these “poles” by exploring a central and connecting event, hypothesized as the hyphen in self-help, a workshop for a group of readers led by a self-help book author.