The Cultural Psychology of Self: Place, Morality and Art in Human Worlds

The Cultural Psychology of Self: Place, Morality and Art in Human Worlds

by Ciaran Benson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415089042

ISBN-13: 9780415089043

Pub. Date: 01/28/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

"The Cultural Psychology of Self is an exploration of how people navigate human worlds. It offers a powerful understanding of 'self' as the system through which we became capable of locating ourselves in our worlds, and of finding our ways around them." "Ciaran Benson introduces the field of cultural psychology specifically as it relates to 'self', and applies this…  See more details below

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"The Cultural Psychology of Self is an exploration of how people navigate human worlds. It offers a powerful understanding of 'self' as the system through which we became capable of locating ourselves in our worlds, and of finding our ways around them." "Ciaran Benson introduces the field of cultural psychology specifically as it relates to 'self', and applies this understanding in a distinctively original way to themes of great moral and aesthetic importance. These include explorations of responsibility and childhood, pitilessness and compassion, suffering and guilt, visual art and the changing engagement of the spectator, connections between national and personal identity, and the critical analysis of psychological ideals of human development. The volume reflects the wide range of cultural psychology, which is in dialogue with disciplines as diverse as neuroscience and history, while at the same time reaching for an economic account of self based on the ideas of location, dislocation and relocation. In the latter part of the book, Benson makes extensive use of literature on the Holocaust and on aesthetic experiences of the visual arts to contrast phenomena of self-diminution with those of self-expansion. While not neglecting the centrality of neuroscientific and evolutionary accounts of self, this book speaks particularly to the historical, moral and artistic territories of cultural-historical psychology." "The Cultural Psychology of Self is a story of what being part of physical and social worlds makes of us, and of contemporary ways in which self can be understood as a means of navigating them."--BOOK JACKET.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415089043
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Pt. IThe centrality of place for selfhood1
Introduction3
1Selves and the need to navigate human worlds: a cultural psychological approach16
2The brain's work in locating selves31
3Placing oneself in personal time: the narrative structure of self45
4Moral identity and cultural-historical locations for self59
5Self-creation as self-location73
6Pronouns placing selves: 'I' and its associates88
7Feeling your way: emotions as self's pathfinders103
Pt. IILocation, dislocation and relocation: responsibility, caring, art and changing prospects119
Introduction121
8Childhood, responsibility and acquiring powers to place oneself as a moral agent130
9Pitilessness and compassion: caring where others are146
10Suffering, radical dislocation and the limits of moral responsibility161
11Being moved: art, self and positive absorption176
12Points of view and none: visual art and the location of self192
13Individual and national identity: analogy, symbiosis and artistic process206
14Psychologies of maturity: development or destination?222
Conclusion237
Navigating human worlds239
Bibliography244
Index255

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