Inventing our Selves: Psychology, Power, and Personhood

Inventing our Selves: Psychology, Power, and Personhood

by Nikolas Rose
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521434149

ISBN-13: 9780521434140

Pub. Date: 07/13/1996

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Inventing Our Selves proposes a radical new approach to the analysis of our current regime of the self, and the values of autonomy, identity, individuality, liberty and choice that animate it. It argues that psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy and other "psy" disciplines have played a key role in "inventing our selves," changing the ways in which human beings

Overview

Inventing Our Selves proposes a radical new approach to the analysis of our current regime of the self, and the values of autonomy, identity, individuality, liberty and choice that animate it. It argues that psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy and other "psy" disciplines have played a key role in "inventing our selves," changing the ways in which human beings understand and act upon themselves, and how they are acted upon by politicians, managers, doctors, therapists and a multitude of other authorities. These mutations are intrinsically linked to recent changes in ways of understanding and exercising political power, which have stressed the values of autonomy, personal responsibility and choice. The aim of this critical history is to diagnose and destabilize our contemporary "condition" of the self, to help us think differently about the kind of persons we are, or might become.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521434140
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/13/1996
Series:
Cambridge Studies in the History of Psychology Series
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. How should one do the history of 'the self'?; 3. A critical history of psychology; 4. Psychology as a 'social' science; 5. Expertise and the 'techne' of psychology; 6. Psychology as an 'individualizing' technology; 7. Social psychology as a science of democracy; 8. Governing enterprising individuals; 9. Assembling ourselves; 10. Notes; 11. Bibliography.

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