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    DescriptionThis major study develops a new account of modernity and its relation to the self. Building upon the ideas set out in The Consequences of Modernity, Giddens argues that 'high' or 'late' modernity is a post traditional order characterised by a developed institutional reflexivity. In the current period, the globalising tendencies of modern institutions are accompanied by a transformation of day-to-day social life having profound implications for personal activities. The self becomes a 'reflexive project', sustained through a revisable narrative of self identity. The reflexive project of the self, the author seeks to show, is a form of control or mastery which parallels the overall orientation of modern institutions towards 'colonising the future'. Yet it also helps promote tendencies which place that orientation radically in question - and which provide the substance of a new political agenda for late modernity. In this book Giddens concerns himself with themes he has often been accused of unduly neglecting, including especially the psychology of self and self-identity. The volumes are a decisive step in the development of his thinking, and will be essential reading for students and professionals in the areas of social and political theory, sociology, human geography and social psychology.

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    Modernity and Self-identity
    Self and Society in the Late Modern Age
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Anthony Giddens
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 264
    Width: 161 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 404 g
    ISBN 13: 9780745609324
    ISBN 10: 0745609325

    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    BIC subject category V2: JMS
    Libri: B-085
    BIC subject category V2: JH
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17440
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026000, PSY023000
    DC20: 303.44
    Illustrations note
    Polity Press
    Imprint name
    Polity Press
    Publication date
    02 September 1991
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Anthony Giddens is Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science, and also Professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge.
    Review quote
    'In this book Anthony Giddens brings back in personality, the psyche, human nature itself. It is a pleasure and a real intellectual advance to have a social theorist of his stature revive the once central but long ignored study of personality and culture, character and society, especially a theorist with his very precise sense of what is truly modern in contemporary life.' Professor Dennis Wrong, New York University
    Table of contents
    Introduction. 1. The Contours of High Modernity. 2. The Self: Ontological Security and Existential Anxiety. 3. The Trajectory of the Self. 4. Fate, Risk and Security. 5. The Sequestration of Experience. 6. Tribulations of the Self. 7. The Emergence of Life Politics. Notes. Index.