decentred self

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The concept that there is no single ‘self’—there are only multiple selves, existing fleetingly moment by moment. A notion influenced by psychoanalytic theory, structuralism, and poststructuralism. From the anti-humanist and structuralist perspective of Althusser, for instance, the sense of self was an effect of interpellation. See also performativity.

Subjects: Media Studies.

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