The Self - – Generalized other – immersion in community...

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The Self
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Conceptions of the Self Zussman points out that the concept of the  self has been subject to significant  variation over time Essentialized notions have posited the self as  the soul and as the source of human intellect More modern approaches emphasize the self  as fluid and malleable, never clearly defined  but nonetheless giving the impression of  stability
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Cooley and the Looking-Glass  Self We assume the viewpoint of others and view  ourselves from there. 1. We imagine how we appear to others. 2. We imagine how others judge our appearance. 3. We react emotionally. Self-image vs. self-conception Self-esteem and personal efficacy Efficacy versus agency
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Mead and the Social Roots of the  Self We act towards ourselves as we act towards  others Acquisition of language is key Three stages of attaining selfhood: Play  – “trying on” roles Game  – assumption of many roles
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Unformatted text preview: – Generalized other – immersion in community • Mead’s ideas became the foundation for symbolic interactionism l • Concealment and strategic revelation – Front stage – Back stage • The self is a “dramatic effect” that emerges from social situations in which people manage others’ impressions of them. – Self as projection rather than self as constitutive Sources of the Self • The self and the Self – Western understandings of agency and rationality vs. general human inclinations to reflexivity and sociality – Barbalet’s assessment of emotion and rationality • What of Zussman’s invocation of morality as a core element of selfhood? – Charles Taylor’s notion of the Self as orienting us to moral horizons – The centrality of narrative and time – The Self and individuality as collective identity...
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2008 for the course SOC 2004 taught by Professor Graves during the Spring '08 term at Virginia Tech.

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