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The Playing Self

The Playing Self
Person and Meaning in the Planetary Society

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Part of Cambridge Cultural Social Studies

  • Date Published: July 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521564823

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About the Authors
  • In this groundbreaking book, influential cultural sociologist Alberto Melucci delves deeper into questions about the self as both a psychological and sociocultural entity, particularly in the context of a global society for which information has become a basic resource. He accounts for the self as a site of highly subjective and intimate experiences, such as crying, laughing and loving, and in relation to social structural dynamics, through more impersonal experiences, such as the experience of time, and links of the self to politics.

    • Makes highly original connection between individual experience and collective phenomena, especially social movements (Melucci's previous main areas of research
    • Develops controversial postmodern theories of identity in information society
    • Offers a highly readable account of everyday experiences, eg laughing, crying, loving
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The Playing Self explores the psychic paradoxes of contemporary life. He combines cultural and psychological analyses in a distinctive, readable manner. The result is that every page of this original book contains quotable phrases and imaginative insights." Michael Billig, Professor of Social Sciences, Loughborough University

    "I would like to emphasize the deep originality and importance of these books, which not only provide us with a large amount of information, but also lead us to the central problems of the sociology of collective action and social movemenets. Challenging Codes and The Playing Self will be very useful for graduate courses not only in sociology but in psychology and philosophy as well." Alain Touraine, AJS

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521564823
    • length: 188 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.406kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The challenge of the everyday
    2. Needs, identity, normality
    3. Metamorphosis of the multiple self
    4. The inner planet
    5. Body as limit, body as message
    6. On taking care
    7. The abyss of difference
    8. Amorous senses
    9. Inhabiting the earth
    10. A eulogy to wonder
    Bibliographical note

  • Author

    Alberto Melucci, Università degli Studi di Milano

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