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Get Rich or Die Tryin': En undersökning av kapitalismen som modern mytologi i samtida självhjälpslitteratur
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Get Rich or Die Tryin' : A study of capitalism as a modern mythology in contemporary self-help literature (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this thesis is to investigate whether or not capitalism, viewed here as the system that is currently the dominant economic system in the Western world, can be seen as a modern myth or not. An author, Brian Tracy, of several popular self-help books is the target of this investigation and the language he uses in his books have been scrutinized in order to see whether or not he uses a religiously influenced, and more importantly, myth-creating language. In order to do so, Bruce Lincolns theories of myth have been used in correlation with Stefan Arvidssons definition ov myths. Also of interest is whether or not Tracy in his books uses any of the instruments of power defined by Michel Foucault to support his claims.

The investigation shows that capitalism indeed can be seen as a modern myth. This claim is supported by the facts that Tracy not only uses a language heavily influenced by Christian texts and belief but furthermore because he descirbes himself and the people he claims to have helped in a way that strongly resembles the narratives of myths. With the help of Foucault's theories I have also shown that Tracy works as an agent of capitalism who, perhaps involuntarily, strenghtens capitalism's claim as the dominant economic system in the Western world.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 42 p.
Keyword [sv]
Kapitalism, arbetssamhälle, makten, New Thought, myter, mytskapande, maktinstrument, religiöst språk, självhjälp, bögapa
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-32501OAI: diva2:699196
Subject / course
Religious Studies
Educational program
Lärarprogrammet, inriktning mot verksamhet i grundskolans senare år och gymnasiet
Available from: 2014-03-03 Created: 2014-02-26 Last updated: 2014-03-03Bibliographically approved

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