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From Self to Selfie

A Critique of Contemporary Forms of Alienation

Editors: Kennedy, Angus, Panton, James (Eds.)

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  • Make sense of the transformations of key, historical models of selfhood, analysing and challenging the possibilities that these bring to the process of self-formation
    Opens up a much needed discussion on an area that has recently been largely neglected, but clearly requires renewed reflection given the nature of and the pace of current transformations of subjectivity in public and private life
    Brings together a mutlidisciplinary collection of high profile academics and social commentators

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About this book

This edited collection charts the rise and the fall of the self, from its emergence as an autonomous agent during the Enlightenment, to the modern-day selfie self, whose existence is realised only through continuous external validation. 


Tracing the trajectory of selfhood in its historical development - from the Reformation onwards -  the authors introduce the classic liberal account of the self, based on ideas of freedom and autonomy, that dominated Enlightenment discourse. Subsequent chapters explore whether this traditional notion has been eclipsed by new, more rigid, categories of identity, that alienate the self from itself and its possibilities: what I am, it seems, has become more important than what I might make of myself.


These changing dynamics of selfhood – the transition From Self to Selfie - reveal not only the peculiar ways in which selfhood is problematized in contemporary society, but equally the tragic fragility of the selfie, in the absence of any social authority that could give it some security.

About the authors

Angus Kennedy is Convenor of the Battle of Ideas (boi) educational initiative, The Academy.

 

James Panton is Associate Lecturer in Philosophy at the Open University, and Head of Politics at Magdalen College School in Oxford, UK.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Introduction: Classical and Contemporary Forms of Alienation

    Pages 3-12

    Panton, James

  • The Emergence of the Self in History

    Pages 13-26

    Furedi, Frank

  • In Praise of Selfish Individualism

    Pages 27-43

    Whyte, Jamie

  • Self-Enlightenment

    Pages 45-67

    Kennedy, Angus

  • ‘Of Individuality, as One of the Elements of Wellbeing.’ J.S. Mill and the Nineteenth-Century Liberal Individual

    Pages 69-84

    Panton, James

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eBook 20,22 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-19194-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover 25,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-19193-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
From Self to Selfie
Book Subtitle
A Critique of Contemporary Forms of Alienation
Editors
  • Angus Kennedy
  • James Panton
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-19194-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-19194-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-19193-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 228
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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