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`This is a wonderful volume, powerfully written, timely, insightful, and filled with major pieces; the passion, intellectual rigor and sense of history found here promises to shape this field in the decades to come. This volume sets the agenda for the future' - Norman K Denzin, University of Illinois Pathology and the Postmodern explores the relationship between mental distress and social constructionism using new work from eminent scholars in the fields of sociology, psychology and philosophy. The authors address: how specific cultural, economic and historical forces converge in contemporary psychiatry and psychology; how new syndromes, subjectivities and identities are being constructed and

The Self: Transfiguration by Technology
The self: Transfiguration by technology
Kenneth J.Gergen

To know who you are is to be oriented in moral space, a space in which questions arise about what is good or bad, what is worth doing and what is not, what has meaning and importance for you and what is trivial and secondary.

(Taylor, 1989)

The conception of persons as integral and internal selves serves a keystone function within the configuration of beliefs typically equated with cultural modernism. Modernist institutions, as nurtured within the Enlightenment, and fulgently flowering within the present century, are importantly premised on the assumption of persons as quintessentially interior, that is, imbued with an inner domain of selfhood – replete with rational capacities, observational sensitivity, emotional and motivational wellsprings, and the capacity ...

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