Subjectivity in the Twenty-First Century

Subjectivity in the Twenty-First Century : Psychological, Sociological, and Political Perspectives

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What is it like to be a person today? To think, feel, and act as an individual in a time of accelerated social, cultural, technological, and political change? This question is inspired by the double meaning of subjectivity as both the 'first-personness' of consciousness (being a subject of experience) and the conditioning of that consciousness within society (being subject to power, authority, or influence). The contributors to this volume explore the perils and promise of the self in today's world. Their shared aim is to describe where we stand and what is at stake as we move ahead in the twenty-first century. They do so by interrogating the historical moment as a predicament of the subject. Their shared focus is on subjectivity as a dialectic of self and other, or individual and society, and how the defining tensions of subjectivity are reflected in contemporary forms of individualism, identity, autonomy, social connection, and political consciousness.
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  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 table
  • 1139035215
  • 9781139035217

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Subjectivity and strong relationality Frank C. Richardson and Robert L. Woolfolk; 2. A multi-voiced and dialogical self and the challenge of social power in a globalizing world Hubert J. M. Hermans; 3. Technology and the tributaries of relational being Kenneth J. Gergen; 4. Melancholic subjectivity Stephen Frosh; 5. Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose: self-consciousness in the twenty-first century John Hewitt; 6. New kinds of subjective uncertainty? Technologies of art, self, and confusions of memory in the twenty-first century Ciaran Benson; 7. Radical subjectivity and the n-row wampum: a general model for autonomous relations against and beyond the dominant global order? Richard J. F. Day and Adam Lewis; 8. The theory of new individualism Anthony Elliott; 9. Feminism, Foucault, and globalized subjectivity Margaret A. McLaren.
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About Romin W. Tafarodi

Romin W. Tafarodi earned his PhD in social psychology from the University of Texas, Austin in 1994. He is currently Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto. Professor Tafarodi has published in the areas of self, identity, and culture, and has taught courses on topics ranging from statistics to philosophy to anthropology to media studies. He is a strong proponent of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship in an age of increasing academic specialization.
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