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Understanding the Self

Understanding the Self

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February 1996 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
A stimulating textbook, Understanding the Self introduces a broad range of theoretical perspectives that treat the self as a central concern of social psychology and gives students an insight into contemporary debates about the self. The opening chapter draws out the key features of "being a person" and introduces the idea of a multiple-perspective approach. Subsequent chapters clearly explain biological, cognitive-experimental, experiential (including humanistic, phenomenological, and existential), social constructionist, and psychodynamic approaches. After thorough and thought-provoking discussion, the book concludes with an examination of the dilemmas of self and identity in modern society. Understanding the Self is the perfect overview of theoretical perspectives for use in undergraduate as well as introductory graduate courses in social psychology as well as sociology.

Richard Stevens
Making Sense of the Person in a Social World

Frederick Toates
The Embodied Self
A Biological Perspective

Mansur Lalljee
The Interpreting Self
An Experimentalist Perspective

Richard Stevens
The Reflexive Self
An Experiential Perspective

Margaret Wetherell and Janet Maybin
The Distributed Self
A Social Constructionist Perspective

Kerry Thomas
The Defensive Self
A Psychodynamic Perspective

Richard Stevens and Margaret Wetherell
The Self in the Modern World
Drawing Together the Threads


A lovely book, well written. I enjoyed the way the author transceneded a variety of theoretical approached. Unfortunately not what is required for the course I am teaching

Mr Mark Timoney
Humanities , Sligo Institute of Technology
May 28, 2012

This is a dated text and subsequently is devoid of the more contemporary postmodern/ post structuralist perspectives on identity and self

Dr William Evans
Dept of Nursing, Tralee Institute of Technology
June 18, 2010

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