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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 ...

Desperately Seeking Strategies: Reading in the Postmodern
Desperately seeking strategies: Reading in the postmodern
Mary EllenBrown

Issues of the construction of the self in relation to postmodernity have been debated on a theoretical and philosophical level for some time. I suggest in this chapter that one meaningful site of struggle in relation to the construction of the self is at the level of reading practices. Some notions of subjectivity, or the construction of self by social forces, suggest that reading practices can structure subjectivity through the process of identification. Because postmodern notions of emphasis on consumption and surface qualities seem to negate the process of identification, there are questions regarding how, or if, the process of identification can take place in relation to a postmodern text. Accordingly, ...

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