This chapter begins by critiquing the notion of a self “made” other than rhetorically. It calls attention to the position of self-agents and agencies between the eccentric person's sense of self and that of the eccentric's public. Eccentricity has indeed been a particularly difficult social psychological category to address systematically and analytically in social science behaviors and biographies of famous eccentrics. This chapter develops some theoretical ideas about eccentricity relevant to a focus on contemporary dynasties in which persons are formed by being both subjects and objects of great power, wealth, and sometimes, celebrity.
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