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Identity Crises: A Social Critique of Postmodernity by Robert G. Dunn

By Robert G. Dunn

A readable research of postmodernity that offers a cultural context for its rise.

Though the time period "postmodern" looms huge on our cultural panorama, hardly will we discover a systematic and neutral dialogue of the situations of its ascendance. id Crises bargains simply such an accounting. during this booklet, Robert G. Dunn situates the highbrow forex of "the postmodern" in the greater context of social and cultural swap shaping the stream during the last a number of a long time. alongside the way in which, he deals an important corrective to either the sociological and historic shortcomings of cultural feedback and the cultural myopia of social technology in contemplating the postmodern world.

Dunn explains modern tradition and modern cultural feedback as a part of a unique historic second, one who includes new social family members on account of new technique of creation. rather than triumphing cultural and political structures, Dunn proposes a "social relational" strategy that explicitly acknowledges the structural and situational contexts of identification formation. He conceptualizes problems with id and distinction by way of social, cultural, and political variations within the transition from smooth to postmodern society.

This offers a socio-historical viewpoint by which to contemplate the effect of intake, mass media, globalization, and new social activities on identity-forming processes.

Unique to this venture and an important to Dunn's critique of poststructuralist and postmodern theories is his software of the speculation of George Herbert Mead as a better technique of theorizing id and distinction. Dunn's specialise in postmodernity as antagonistic topostmodernism serves to flooring the research of identification and distinction materially and socially.

Learned, evenhanded, and enlightening, id Crises is a necessary demonstration of the connections among cultural thought and feedback, modern tradition, and sociological analysis.

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In this account, identity has been problematized by sweeping intellectual and cultural changes. What is still missing from this overview, however, is a sociological understanding of the dramatic shifts in the culture and social relations of the advanced countries of the West caused by economic and technological change. What the accounts discussed thus far neglect is the extent to which the problematization of older categories of identity is a consequence of the structural changes transforming Western societies and, specifically, the effects of these changes on everyday cultural experience and the self.

Recognizing that relations of self to other were in a sense the very center of Freud’s concept of identification, object relations theorists later developed a social perspective within psychoanalysis and emphasized the assimilation of the infant’s experiences of others into a relationally constituted ego (Epstein 1991; Greenberg and Mitchell 1983; Guntrip 1971). Contextualizing identity even more broadly, Erikson saw it emerging in the interaction between self-development as an internal process and social participation, involving the internalization of culture and the acquisition of statuses and roles (Gleason 1983).

11 32 \ Regrounding Theory Although a self-other view clearly inhered in Freud’s structural model of intrapsychic conflict among id, ego, and superego, Freud himself neglected the social dimensions implicit in this model. Recognizing that relations of self to other were in a sense the very center of Freud’s concept of identification, object relations theorists later developed a social perspective within psychoanalysis and emphasized the assimilation of the infant’s experiences of others into a relationally constituted ego (Epstein 1991; Greenberg and Mitchell 1983; Guntrip 1971).

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