This accessible and assured book offers readers a new take on the central question of the relation between the individual and society. It offers a thorough, informed and critical guide to the field. It demonstrates how global economic and employment structures, neo-liberal discourse, the role of emotion, irrationality, and ambiguity are factors that impact upon the shape and resilience of the self.
Only an ethics or a social science which witnesses suffering is worthy of our energies or our attention.
Although very different, what the perspectives drawn upon in the preceding chapters share is an account of the processes of self-reflexivity in relation to key social changes. A journey through various imaginings of reflexivity has brought us face-to-face with many of the difficulties and limits involved in theorizing the relationship between self-identity and social change, which can now be summarized.
A common failing in most of the perspectives discussed in previous chapters, with the possible exception of Foucault and some Foucaultian analyses, is their tendency to universalize the self-constituting responses to socio-structural changes; in other words little account is made ...