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Rhetorics of Self-Making$
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Debbora Battaglia

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780520087989

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520087989.001.0001

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Problematizing the Self: A Thematic Introduction

Problematizing the Self: A Thematic Introduction

(p.1) One Problematizing the Self: A Thematic Introduction
Rhetorics of Self-Making

Battaglia Debbora

University of California Press

The chapters of this book cohere around two sets of rhetorical tensions that subjects' “self-actions”present as critical issues: namely, locating agency, and rhetorics of individuality and relationality. At the same time, tensions exist within these issues which articulate telling cultural differences. The critical point in this regard is that self-action may take place upon a subject apart from it; self-action may be oriented to or simply find its object and significance in a subject who is not its source. Another major theme of the collection is the tension between rhetorics of an individuated, autonomous self and rhetorics of a collective or relational self. These rhetorics sometimes oppose each other as the grounds of social action.

Keywords:   anthropology, self-action, individuality, locating agency, relationality, social action

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