9780415111508

Recovering the Self : Morality and Social Theory

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415111508

  • ISBN10:

    0415111501

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1994-12-09
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

Recovering the Selfseeks to place issues of morality and justice at the heart of social theory. Because of the breakdown of traditional forms of authority, respect for authorities can no longer be taken for granted. Increasingly people believe that respect has to be earned and people have to discover sources of authority within themselves. Victor Seidler seeks to establish a framework to rethink the relation between self and society, identities and power. Through exploring the works of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim he shows the hidden complexities of a modernity too often identified with a unified vision of the rational self. Reinstating the body and emotional life into the discussion, Seidler sets new terms for respect and equality by showing ways the self is undermined in its sense of self-worth and adequacy through the working of relationships of power and subordination.

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements
Introduction: Modernity, morality and politicsp. 1
Moralityp. 12
Modernityp. 29
Authorityp. 46
Needs and desiresp. 64
Ideologyp. 82
Identitiesp. 101
Contradictionsp. 122
Empowermentp. 139
Conclusion: Modernity, morality and social theoryp. 158
Notesp. 200
Bibliographyp. 213
Indexp. 225
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