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Chapter 5: The Self
(Sociological and Psychological Definitions)
The individual [has] ‘the capacity to decompose himself into parts and to feel any one of these as his proper self’. (Simmel, 1950: 58–9)
Why is the Self Important?
The definition and understanding of the meaning of the self is crucial and fundamentally important when we try to explore the connection between the individual and society. Such exploration is as problematic (if not more so) as the examination of the concept of identity. Following the complexity of the definition of identity, self is another term that has been extensively studied, explored and outlined by a variety of social sciences such as psychology, sociology, social anthropology, political science, economics, to name just a few. However, the roots of all these explorations ...