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Modernity and Self-Identity : Self and Society in the Late Modern Age.

Author: Anthony Giddens
Publisher: Chicester : Polity Press, 2013. ©2008.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This major study develops a new account of modernity and its relation to the self. Building upon the ideas set out in The Consequences of Modernity, Giddens argues that 'high' or 'late' modernity is a post traditional order characterised by a developed institutional reflexivity. In the current period, the globalising tendencies of modern institutions are accompanied by a transformation of day-to-day social life  Read more...
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Giddens, Anthony.
Modernity and Self-Identity : Self and Society in the Late Modern Age.
Chicester : Polity Press,c2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Giddens
ISBN: 9780745666488 0745666485
OCLC Number: 1113137133
Notes: 25496921.
Description: 1 online resource (266 pages)
Contents: Cover --
Title Page --
Copyright --
Contents --
Acknowledgements --
Introduction --
1 The Contours of High Modernity --
2 The Self: Ontological Security and Existential Anxiety --
3 The Trajectory of the Self --
4 Fate, Risk and Security --
5 The Sequestration of Experience --
6 Tribulations of the Self --
7 The Emergence of Life Politics --
Notes --
Glossary of Concepts --
Index.

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This major study develops a new account of modernity and its relation to the self. Building upon the ideas set out in The Consequences of Modernity, Giddens argues that 'high' or 'late' modernity is a post traditional order characterised by a developed institutional reflexivity. In the current period, the globalising tendencies of modern institutions are accompanied by a transformation of day-to-day social life having profound implications for personal activities. The self becomes a 'reflexive project', sustained through a revisable narrative of self identity. The reflexive project of the self, the author seeks to show, is a form of control or mastery which parallels the overall orientation of modern institutions towards 'colonising the future'. Yet it also helps promote tendencies which place that orientation radically in question - and which provide the substance of a new political agenda for late modernity. In this book Giddens concerns himself with themes he has often been accused of unduly neglecting, including especially the psychology of self and self-identity. The volumes are a decisive step in the development of his thinking, and will be essential reading for students and professionals in the areas of social and political theory, sociology, human geography and social psychology.

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