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    DescriptionModernity differs from all preceding forms of social order because of its dynamism, its deep undercutting of traditional habits and customs, and its global impact. It also radicallly alters the general nature of daily life and the most personal aspects of human activity. In fact, one of the most distinctive features of modernity is the increasing interconnection between globalizing influences and personal dispositions. The author analyzes the nature of this interconnection and provides a conceptual vocabulary for it, in the process providing a major rethinking of the nature of modernity and a reworking of basic premises of sociological analysis. Building on the ideas set out in the authors The Consequences of Modernity, this book focuses on the self and the emergence of new mechanisms of self-identity that are shaped by - yet also shape - the institutions of modernity. The author argues that the self is not a passive entity, determined by external influences. Rather, in forging their self-identities, no matter how local their contexts of action, individuals contribute to and directly promote social influences that are global in their consequences and implications. The author sketches the contours of the he calls "high modernity" - the world of our day - and considers its ramifications for the self and self-identity. In this context, he analyzes the meaning to the self of such concepts as trust, fate, risk, and security and goes on the examine the "sequestration of experience," the process by which high modernity separates day-to-day social life from a variety of experiences and broad issues of morality. The author demonstrates how personal meaninglessness - the feeling that life has nothing worthwhile to offer - becomes a fundamental psychic problem in circumstances of high modernity. The book concludes with a discussion of "life politics," a politics of selfactualization operating on both the individual and collective levels.


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    Title
    Modernity and Self-identity
    Subtitle
    Self and Society in the Late Modern Age
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Anthony Giddens
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 264
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780804719445
    ISBN 10: 0804719446
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
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    B&T General Subject: 750
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    Ingram Subject Code: PS
    Libri: I-PS
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25340
    BIC subject category V2: JHBA
    DC22: 155.2
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026000
    B&T Approval Code: A11330000
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    BISAC V2.8: PSY023000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
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    DC21: 303.44
    B&T Approval Code: A31300000
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    LC classification: HM131.G398, HM131 .G398 1991
    Thema V1.0: JHBA
    Edition statement
    First.
    Publisher
    Stanford University Press
    Imprint name
    Stanford University Press
    Publication date
    25 July 1991
    Publication City/Country
    Palo Alto
    Review quote
    'This book supplies the missing psychological link in Anthony Giddens' ever more substantial body of work on the sociology of modernity ... rich and measured ... His dialectical approach, moreover, affords many insights into the interconnection between the invasive and disorienting effects of commercial and technical imperatives.' New Statesman and Society
    Back cover copy
    The author argues that 'high' or 'late' modernity is a post-traditional order characterized by a developed institutional reflexivity. In the current period, the globalizing tendencies of modern institutions are accompanied by a transformation of day-to-day social life having profound implications for personal activities.
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    Modernity differs from all preceding forms of social order because of its dynamism, its deep undercutting of traditional habits and customs, and its global impact. It also radicallly alters the general nature of daily life and the most personal aspects of human activity. In fact, one of the most distinctive features of modernity is the increasing interconnection between globalizing influences and personal dispositions. The author analyzes the nature of this interconnection and provides a conceptual vocabulary for it, in the process providing a major rethinking of the nature of modernity and a reworking of basic premises of sociological analysis. Building on the ideas set out in the authors The Consequences of Modernity, this book focuses on the self and the emergence of new mechanisms of self-identity that are shaped by--yet also shape--the institutions of modernity. The author argues that the self is not a passive entity, determined by external influences. Rather, in forging their self-identities, no matter how local their contexts of action, individuals contribute to and directly promote social influences that are global in their consequences and implications. The author sketches the contours of the he calls "high modernity"--the world of our day--and considers its ramifications for the self and self-identity. In this context, he analyzes the meaning to the self of such concepts as trust, fate, risk, and security and goes on the examine the "sequestration of experience," the process by which high modernity separates day-to-day social life from a variety of experiences and broad issues of morality. The author demonstrates how personal meaninglessness--the feeling that life has nothing worthwhile to offer--becomes a fundamental psychic problem in circumstances of high modernity. The book concludes with a discussion of "life politics," a politics of selfactualization operating on both the individual and collective levels.
    Table of contents
    Acknowledgements; 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; Glossary of concepts; Index.