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Dialogical Self Theory: Positioning and Counter-Positioning in a Globalizing Society

Dialogical Self Theory: Positioning and Counter-Positioning in a Globalizing Society


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In a boundary-crossing and globalizing world, the personal and social positions in self and identity become increasingly dense, heterogeneous and even conflicting. In this handbook scholars of different disciplines, nations and cultures (East and West) bring together their views and applications of dialogical self theory in such a way that deeper commonalities are brought to the surface. As a 'bridging theory', dialogical self theory reveals unexpected links between a broad variety of phenomena, such as self and identity problems in education and psychotherapy, multicultural identities, child-rearing practices, adult development, consumer behaviour, the use of the internet and the value of silence. Researchers and practitioners present different methods of investigation, both qualitative and quantitative, and also highlight applications of dialogical self theory.

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ISBN-13: 9781107411746
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/29/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 404
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Hubert Hermans is Emeritus Professor at the Radboud University of Nijmegen. His previous publications include The Dialogical Self: Meaning in Movement (1993), Self-Narratives: The Construction of Meaning in Psychotherapy (1995) and he was the co-editor of The Dialogical Self in Psychotherapy (2004).

Agnieszka Hermans-Konopka is a scientist and practitioner in an independent practice near Nijmegen. Along with Hubert Hermans, she coaches individual clients and provides workshops and training on emotional coaching.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The impact of globalization and localization on self and identity; 2. Self and identity in historical perspective: traditional, modern, post-modern, and dialogical models; 3. Positioning theory and dialogue; 4. Positioning and dialogue in life-long development; 5. A dialogical view of emotions; 6. Practical implications for organizations, motivation, and conflict-resolution.

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