Modernity and Self-identity

Modernity and Self-identity : Self and Society in the Late Modern Age

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This study aims to develop a new account of modernity and its relation to the self. Building on ideas set out in "The Consequences of Modernity", Giddens 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 implications for personal activities. The self becomes a "reflexive project" sustained through a revisable narrative of self-identity. This reflexative approach, Giddens argues, is a form of control or mastery which parallels the overall orientation of modern institutions towards "colonizing 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.
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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • index
  • 0745608892
  • 9780745608891

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The contours of high modernity; the self - ontological security and existential anxiety; the trajectory of the self; fate, risk and security; the sequestration of experience; tribulations of the self; the emergence of life politics.
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