The Empowered Self: Law and Society in an Age of Individualism

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This book examines the gradual emancipation of the individual in national and international law. It also looks at the changing social attitudes towards personal choice in constituting identity.
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"The Empowered Self is not solely for the specialist; its audience will likely include many beyond the field of law. Overall, it is a lucid, comprehensive, and timely analysis. It successfully draws from a remarkably wide array of materials to build a coherent synthesis."—Michigan Law Review

"A provocative survey of the incipient global politics.... Franck finds deep fissures in the 'cold, brittle crust' of national sovereignty that still covers much of the planet."—Max Frankel, The New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198298410
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/20/2000
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Franck is Professor of Law and Director of the Center for International Studies at New York University

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Table of Contents

1 Tribe, Nation, State: Traditional Forms of Imposed Identity 1
2 The Dreary Future of Imposed Identity: A World of 2,000 States? 21
3 A Different Future: Individualism as Identity 38
4 Citizenship: An Instance of Identity as a Personal Act of Self-Determination 61
5 Community Based on Personal Autonomy 76
6 Freedom of Conscience: A 'Western' Value? 101
7 Constructing the Self: Name, Gender, Career, and Privacy 150
8 The Individual as Emerging Rights-Holder 196
9 The Individual against the Group 224
10 Personal Freedom, Personal Responsibility, and their Democratic Reconciliation 255
11 Summing Up 278
Index 287
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