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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 ...

Therapy and Identity Construction in a Postmodern World
Therapy and identity construction in a postmodern world
SheilaMcNamee

The vast expansion of technological capabilities in this century has had a tremendous impact on our identity construction. With a simple flip of the television channel or radio station, or a turn of the newspaper or magazine page, we have at our disposal an enormous array of possible identity models. Specifically, we can learn by watching Dallas how wealthy Texans live, including a view of their backstage (Goffman, 1959) attempts to craft the desired image.1 In contrast, we have the “personalities” of the rural, small town characters of television's Northern Exposure. These differing portrayals are only a small fraction of the hundreds available. Contrast these fictional identities with the varied ...

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