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Rhetorics of Self-Making

Debbora Battaglia


Departing from an essentialist concept of the self, this book advances the cross-cultural study of selfhood with three contributions to the literature: First, it approaches the self as an ideological process, arguing that selfhood is culturally situated and emergent in social practices of persuasion. Second, it demonstrates how postmodernity problematizes the experience and concept of the self. Finally, the book challenges the pervasive practice of equating an individuated self with the Western world and a relational self with the non-Western world. Contributions cover a broad range of topics— ... More

Keywords: selfhood, persuasion, postmodernity, self, individuated self, relational self, eccentric self, ritual circumcision, Jewish males, essentialist

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Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780520087989
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520087989.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Debbora Battaglia, editor

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One Problematizing the Self: A Thematic Introduction

There is no self alone at the start. –PAUL RICOEUR

Three on Eccentricity

Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character has abounded. —JOHN STUART MILL

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