Inventing our Selves

Inventing our Selves : Psychology, Power, and Personhood

3.64 (42 ratings by Goodreads)
  • Electronic book text
By (author) 

Currently unavailable

We can notify you when this item is back in stock

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


Inventing Our Selves proposes a radical new approach to the analysis of our current regime of the self, and the values of autonomy, identity, individuality, liberty, and choice that animate it. It argues that psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy and other 'psy' disciplines have played a key role in 'inventing our selves', changing the ways in which human beings understand and act upon themselves, and how they are acted upon by politicians, managers, doctors, therapists, and a multitude of other authorities. These mutations are intrinsically linked to recent changes in ways of understanding and exercising political power, which have stressed the values of autonomy, personal responsibility, and choice. This critical history diagnoses and destabilises our contemporary 'condition' of the self, to help us think differently about the kind of persons we are, or might become.
show more

Product details

  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1139240692
  • 9781139240697

Table of contents

1. Introduction; 2. How should one do the history of 'the self'?; 3. A critical history of psychology; 4. Psychology as a 'social' science; 5. Expertise and the 'techne' of psychology; 6. Psychology as an 'individualizing' technology; 7. Social psychology as a science of democracy; 8. Governing enterprising individuals; 9. Assembling ourselves; 10. Notes; 11. Bibliography.
show more

Review quote

'The scope and isnights of what Rose has to say about what it is to become, and be, a human alone suffice to ensure the very great importance of this volume.' Paul Heelas, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
show more

Rating details

42 ratings
3.64 out of 5 stars
5 31% (13)
4 26% (11)
3 24% (10)
2 14% (6)
1 5% (2)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X