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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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on Eccentricity

on Eccentricity

(p.43) Three on Eccentricity
Rhetorics of Self-Making

George E. Marcus

University of California Press

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.

Keywords:   eccentricity, social psychology, social science, celebrity, self-agents

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