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Inventing Our Selves proposes a radical new approach to the analysis of our current regime of the self, and the values of autonomy, identity, individuality, liberty and choice that animate it. It argues that psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy and other "psy" disciplines have played a key role in "inventing our selves," changing the ways in which human beings understandInventing Our Selves proposes a radical new approach to the analysis of our current regime of the self, and the values of autonomy, identity, individuality, liberty and choice that animate it. It argues that psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy and other "psy" disciplines have played a key role in "inventing our selves," changing the ways in which human beings understand and act upon themselves, and how they are acted upon by politicians, managers, doctors, therapists and a multitude of other authorities. These mutations are intrinsically linked to recent changes in ways of understanding and exercising political power, which have stressed the values of autonomy, personal responsibility and choice. The aim of this critical history is to diagnose and destabilize our contemporary "condition" of the self, to help us think differently about the kind of persons we are, or might become....

Title : Inventing Our Selves
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ISBN : 9780521434140
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 236 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Inventing Our Selves Reviews

  • Jonathan
    2019-03-19 07:29

    Over-rated. The provocative claims are too abstract to be persuasive, the persuasive claims too banal to be provocative.

  • Jessie Weaver
    2019-02-28 09:35

    Difficult as hell to get through, not even sure if I understand it, but fascinating stuff.