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From the Publisher'What Anthony Elliott accomplished in the first edition ofConcepts of the Self was remarkable. Here, a third timearound, he does it yet again – even better! No one writingtoday has the range and depth of Elliott's understanding of selftheory. He writes with confidence and clarity, and with great carefor all the prominent concepts of self. No one I know can write soreliably of the classic theorists in the same concise book as ofthe newest queer and postmodern ones. No reader, whether student orscholar, will want to be without this brilliant book – aclaim certified by the thousands of students who enjoyed the firsttwo editions.'
Charles Lemert, Yale University
'This great little book contains everything you wished but didnot dare to ask about the meaning of the "self" – one of thethorniest, most contentious, exciting and enraging issues of ourtimes and our lives in these times. To the questions you might haveasked or are likely to ask yet, Elliott offers answers that arecarefully weighted, balanced and realistic – drawing from thevast treasury of sociological insights and moving freely betweenthe variety of complementary, even if ostensibly adversarial,perspectives. Elliott's book is good to read, to learn from and tothink with. It helps to understand what it means to "have a self"and to "be oneself" – an understanding that itself is aforemost condition of both. This new edition makes sure that ourknowledge and understanding continue to be up to date.'
Zygmunt Bauman, University of Leeds