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The Playing Self

The Playing Self
Person and Meaning in the Planetary Society


Part of Cambridge Cultural Social Studies

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

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  • The Playing Self is a groundbreaking new work from influential cultural sociologist and clinical psychologist Alberto Melucci, best known for his work on social movements and collective identities. In this book, he delves deeper into questions about the self as both a psychological and socio-cultural entity, particularly in the context of a global society for which information has become a basic resource. His phenomenological approach accounts for the self both 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. Melucci explores the critical search for meaning at the boundary of visible collective processes and individual day-to-day experience.

    • 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

    'He combines cultural and psychological analyses in a distinctive and readable manner.' The result is that every page of this original book contains quotable phrases and imaginative insights.' Michael Billig, Loughborough University

    'Provides a brilliant and original phenomenological analysis of the self and its vicissitudes in 'post industrial society'. Remarkably free of jargon and deeply serious, this text is a must for anyone interested in the challenges to and new opportunities for individual freedom in an increasingly complex world.' Jean Cohen, Columbia University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 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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