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Individual Autonomy

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Individual autonomy refers to the concept that each human being is personally independent to make the decisions encountered in day-to-day living; in political terms, it could be stated that an individual possesses the ability to be self-governing. When a young child tells a supervising adult, “You're not the boss of me!” he or she is acting upon an unreflective commitment to individual autonomy. A more reflective understanding of the concept is found in various debates within the study of politics, ...

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