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


Part of Culture and Psychology

Frank C. Richardson, Robert L. Woolfolk, Hubert J. M. Hermans, Kenneth J. Gergen, Stephen Frosh, John Hewitt, Ciarán Benson, Richard J. F. Day, Adam Lewis, Anthony Elliott, Margaret A. McLaren
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  • Date Published: December 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316502822

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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.

    • Multidisciplinary relevance and appeal
    • Theoretical breadth and depth
    • Knits together contemporary scholarship on subjectivity taking place in disparate fields
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    • Date Published: December 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316502822
    • length: 262 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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 ça change, plus c'est la même 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 Ciarán 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.

  • Editor

    Romin W. Tafarodi, University of Toronto
    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.


    Frank C. Richardson, Robert L. Woolfolk, Hubert J. M. Hermans, Kenneth J. Gergen, Stephen Frosh, John Hewitt, Ciarán Benson, Richard J. F. Day, Adam Lewis, Anthony Elliott, Margaret A. McLaren

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