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The volume is divided into two parts. The first explores identity and subjectivity in light of economic changes, new technologies, consumerism, and globalization, while the second focuses on the much-discussed question of identity dissolution. Zygmunt Bauman examines the effects of consumerism on experiences of time, distance, and place, and considers the constraints these place on the disadvantaged. Drawing together disparate discourses of globalization and the body, David Harvey considers the explosive growth of the wage labor system worldwide and its consequences for worker subjectivity and a global proletariat. Mike Featherstone outlines a rethinking of citizenship and identity-formation in light of the realities of a globalization and new information technologies.
The second part opens with Robert G. Dunn's examination of cultural commodification and the attenuation of self and social relations, in which he argues thatmedia. marketplace, and new orders of experience point to a general destabilization of identity formation. Kenneth J. Gergen argues that proliferating communications technologies undermine the traditional conceptions of self and community and suggest the need for a new base for building the moral society. Analyzing psychotherapies that address self-fragmentation. Harvie Ferguson argues that despite the contemporary infatuation with irony, the decline of the notion of the self as an inner depth effectively servers the long connection between irony and identity. This important collection will be of interest to professionals in psychology, sociology, and communications.
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