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The Social Self

The Social Self

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192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Much debate in recent years has centered on the status of the self, identity, and subjectivity, spawned by powerful arguments about the social origins of personhood. The Social Self presents many viewpoints in this debate that span the disciplines of psychology, philosophy, politics, and feminist theory, providing a critical overview of the key themes involved. In this accessible volume, international scholars examine the sense in which we are social selves, whose very identities are intimately bound up with the communities and cultures in which we live. Drawing from Wittgenstein, Marx, Foucault, Bakhtin, Gilligan, and MacIntyre, among others, the chapters show the diversity of influences that have shaped this exciting and controversial issue. The Social Self contributes valuable perspectives on the social construction of the self for students and academics throughout the social sciences and the humanities.
David Bakhurst and Christine Sypnowich
Problems of the Social Self

Jerome Bruner
Meaning and Self in Cultural Perspective
David Bakhurst
Wittgenstein and Social Being
Ellen Watson
What a Vygotskian Perspective Can Contribute to Contemporary Philosophy of Language
Felix Mikhailov
The Soviet Self
A Personal Reminiscence

Christine Sypnowich
Death in Utopia
Marxism and the Mortal Self

Stephen Mulhall and Adam Swift
The Social Self in Political Theory
The Communitarian Critique of the Liberal Subject

Diana Coole
The Gendered Self
Helene Keyssar
Becoming Women/Women Becoming
Film and the Social Construction of Gender

Ian Hacking
Why Multiple Personality Tells Us Nothing about the Self/Mind/Person/Subject/Soul/Consciousness

David Bakhurst

David Bakhurst works primarily in three areas: Russian Philosophy, philosophicalpsychology, and moral philosophy. In 1991, he published a study of the philosophical culture of the USSR, Consciousness and Revolution in Soviet Philosophy (Cambridge University Press), focused on the life and work of Evald Ilyenkov (1924-79). Ilyenkov, like the renowned psychologist Lev Vygotsky, maintains that each individual mind is formed through initiation into culture. Bakhurst explores this idea in many recent publications and examines parallel views in the thought of such thinkers as Wittgenstein and Jerome Bruner. His ethical writings include several... More About Author

Christine Sypnowich