Understanding the Self

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This accessible, broad-based and authoritative textbook explores theories and research relating to the self for students of personality and social psychology.

It engages with contemporary debates about the nature of self by contrasting original and leading-edge treatments from five perspectives: biological; cognitive-experimental; experiential; social constructionist; and psychodynamic. The concluding chapter explores how these perspectives interrelate through a discussion of the dilemmas of self and identity in modern society.

A feature of the book is that it is designed to provoke reflection in the reader, both on their own experience and on the nature of social psychological understanding: What kind of social psychology of the person is appropriate and possible in a postmodern age?

Understanding the Self is one of three books which form the core of the Open University's course Social Psychology: Personal Lives, Social Worlds (D317). Each is designed as an independent text for use by undergraduates studying social psychology as well as being of interest and relevance to researchers and a wider readership.

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One of three books forming the core of an Open University course on social psychology, designed to be used separately or with a wealth of supplementary material. Explores five perspectives on understanding the self--biological, cognitive-experimental, experiential, social constructionist, and psychodynamic--and includes an introductory overview and a conclusion on the self in the modern world. Features activities, special interest boxes, and brief section summaries. Paper edition (unseen), $27.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Introduction - Richard Stevens
Making Sense of the Person in a Social World
The Embodied Self - Frederick Toates
A Biological Perspective
The Interpreting Self - Mansur Lalljee
An Experimentalist Perspective
The Reflexive Self - Richard Stevens
An Experiential Perspective
The Distributed Self - Margaret Wetherell and Janet Maybin
A Social Constructionist Perspective
The Defensive Self - Kerry Thomas
A Psychodynamic Perspective
The Self in the Modern World - Richard Stevens and Margaret Wetherell
Drawing Together the Threads

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