Problematizing the Self: A Thematic Introduction

Battaglia Debbora

in Rhetorics of Self-Making

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 1995 | ISBN: 9780520087989
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520915251 | DOI:
Problematizing the Self: A Thematic Introduction

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The chapters of this book cohere around two sets of rhetorical tensions that subjects' “self-actions”present as critical issues: namely, locating agency, and rhetorics of individuality and relationality. At the same time, tensions exist within these issues which articulate telling cultural differences. The critical point in this regard is that self-action may take place upon a subject apart from it; self-action may be oriented to or simply find its object and significance in a subject who is not its source. Another major theme of the collection is the tension between rhetorics of an individuated, autonomous self and rhetorics of a collective or relational self. These rhetorics sometimes oppose each other as the grounds of social action.

Keywords: anthropology; self-action; individuality; locating agency; relationality; social action

Chapter.  6100 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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