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From the Publisher'What Anthony Elliott accomplished in the first edition of Concepts of the Self was remarkable. Here, a third time around, he does it yet again – even better! No one writing today has the range and depth of Elliott's understanding of self theory. He writes with confidence and clarity, and with great care for all the prominent concepts of self. No one I know can write so reliably of the classic theorists in the same concise book as of the newest queer and postmodern ones. No reader, whether student or scholar, will want to be without this brilliant book – a claim certified by the thousands of students who enjoyed the first two editions.'
Charles Lemert, Yale University
'This great little book contains everything you wished but did not dare to ask about the meaning of the "self" – one of the thorniest, most contentious, exciting and enraging issues of our times and our lives in these times. To the questions you might have asked or are likely to ask yet, Elliott offers answers that are carefully weighted, balanced and realistic – drawing from the vast treasury of sociological insights and moving freely between the variety of complementary, even if ostensibly adversarial, perspectives. Elliott's book is good to read, to learn from and to think with. It helps to understand what it means to "have a self" and to "be oneself" – an understanding that itself is a foremost condition of both. This new edition makes sure that our knowledge and understanding continue to be up to date.'
Zygmunt Bauman, University of Leeds