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In today's media-saturated world, identities are no longer built solely within the close-knit communities of family, neighborhood, school, and work. Today media are part of our world and therefore play an important role in the formulations of our identities or constructions of self. In a truly postmodern mode, Constructing the Self in a Mediated World not only brings together the usually segregated areas of interpersonal and mass communication but also incorporates works from scholars in sociology, psychology, and women's studies as well. Each essay examines our understanding of self in a different context of mediated culture within a specific framework of interpretive theories such as critical theory, social constructionist theory, and feminism. This volume provides insights into issues of self and identity in contemporary mediated ...

Seeking a Path of Greatest Resistance: The Self Becoming Method
Seeking a path of greatest resistance: The self becoming method
Thomas R.Lindlof
AutumnGrubb-Swetnam

If Anthropology is to embrace [the] relationship between Subject and Object (or between “Self and “Other”) it must, as it pursues the Other, also become able to pursue the Self…. Yet anthropologists, perhaps sensing that to expose the Self is necessarily to place it in jeopardy, have for the most part been unwilling to take such a gamble. Avoiding this risk with unusual virtuosity, they have refused to admit that the very possibility of dealing squarely with the Other is tied to the capacity to put the Self at stake. (Dwyer, 1979, p. 205)

The problem that Dwyer criticizes in anthropological practice is one that also ...

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