Chapter

on Eccentricity

George E. Marcus

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520087989.003.0003
on Eccentricity

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This chapter begins by critiquing the notion of a self “made” other than rhetorically. It calls attention to the position of self-agents and agencies between the eccentric person's sense of self and that of the eccentric's public. Eccentricity has indeed been a particularly difficult social psychological category to address systematically and analytically in social science behaviors and biographies of famous eccentrics. This chapter develops some theoretical ideas about eccentricity relevant to a focus on contemporary dynasties in which persons are formed by being both subjects and objects of great power, wealth, and sometimes, celebrity.

Keywords: eccentricity; social psychology; social science; celebrity; self-agents

Chapter.  7236 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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