Inventing our Selves
Psychology, Power, and Personhood
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Inventing our Selves by Nikolas Rose
Book DescriptionInventing Our Selves proposes a radical new approach to the analysis of our current regime of the self, and the values of autonomy, identity, individuality, liberty, and choice that animate it. It argues that psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy and other 'psy' disciplines have played a key role in 'inventing our selves', changing the ways in which human beings understand and act upon themselves, and how they are acted upon by politicians, managers, doctors, therapists, and a multitude of other authorities. These mutations are intrinsically linked to recent changes in ways of understanding and exercising political power, which have stressed the values of autonomy, personal responsibility, and choice. This critical history diagnoses and destabilises our contemporary 'condition' of the self, to help us think differently about the kind of persons we are, or might become.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521646079
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Dec-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Nikolas Rose
Governing the Present, Hardback (April 2008)
This volume brings together for the first time key papers from the the work of influential social theorists Peter Miller and Nikolas Rose, including those that set out the basic frameworks, concepts and ethos of their approach to the analysis of political power and the state.
Politics of Life Itself, Paperback (October 2006)
Examines the developments in life sciences and biomedicine that have led to the politicization of medicine, human life, and biotechnology. This book analyzes molecular biopolitics, examining developments in genomics, neuroscience, pharmacology, and psychopharmacology and the ways they have affected racial politics, crime control, and psychiatry.
Pharmaceutical Reason, Paperback (January 2006)» View all books by Nikolas Rose
An arresting case-study highlighting the social and political implications of a new 'pharmaceutical' way of thinking about human behaviour.
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