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

  • Date Published: November 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107411746

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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.

    • Includes end-of-chapter summaries and a comprehensive introduction to allow the reader a quick overview of the book and the content of each chapter
    • Relates the theories to cases and examples from everyday life, building and extending the theories discussed
    • Last chapter extends the theory into its practical implications, providing the reader with a thorough grounding of the ideas presented
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    "A highly original and scholarly discussion of the problems of subjectivity in the rapidly evolving global world. An evolved account of self experience is used to discuss, in a truly dialogical and interdisciplinary manner, the demands placed by contemporary world on the self and the ramifications of that for a range of social and psychological issues."
    --Paul H. Lysaker, Indiana University School of Medicine

    "The 'dialogical self' is among the most important and original new theories in the social sciences in the past 20 years. It is a theory for our times, addressing in complex and insightful ways the impacts that globalization has on psychological functioning. In this book, the theory is presented lucidly and thoroughly, covering an impressive range not only in psychology but sociology, economics, philosophy, and political studies. The book should be welcome in all those fields as a major contribution to the understanding of globalization."
    --Jeffrey Arnett, Clark University

    "By far the most accessible and comprehensive statement to date on the Dialogical Self, this volume ranges across a set of problems that bring together the practical and theoretical, the local and global, positioning theory and emotion research, in a timely and important theoretical elaboration. The scope and promise of the authors' work ensures that it will serve as a crucial reference for research and conceptual scholarship on the emerging conceptualization of the Dialogical Self."
    --Henderikus J. Stam, Editor, Theory and Psychology

    "...The psychology text (Hermans & Hermans-Konopka) presents an impressive and wide ranging elaboration of Dialogical Self Theory—an approach which conceptualizes the self as extended in both space and time... [strongly recommend] to social scientists who are interested in the study of the self, or the history of psychology, or both... deserving of a wide readership."
    --Peter T.F. Raggatt, James Cook University, Theory & Psychology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107411746
    • length: 404 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Authors

    Hubert Hermans, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

    Agnieszka Hermans-Konopka, International Institute for Dialogical Self

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