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The Existential Self in Society

The Existential Self in Society explores the ways in which we experience and shape our individuality in a rapidly changing social world. Kotarba and Fontana have gathered eleven original essays that form an exciting contribution and an ideal introduction to the emerging field of existential sociology.

256 pages | 5.75 x 9 | © 1984

Psychology: Social Psychology

Sociology: General Sociology

Table of Contents

Foreword by Stanford M. Lyman
Acknowledgments
1. Introduction: Existential Sociology and the Self
Andrea Fontana
2. Self: Sociological Portraits
Marilyn Lester
3. The Emergence, Security, and Growth of the Sense of Self
Jack D. Douglas
4. An Existential View of Organizations: Is the Member Condemned to Be Free?
Ronald W. Smith
5. The Victimized Self: The Case of Battered Women
John M. Johnson and Kathleen J. Ferraro
6. Blood and Money: Exploiting the Embodied Self
Wendy Espeland
7. Leaving the Convent: The Experience of Role Exit and Self-Transformation
Helen Rose Fuchs Ebaugh
8. The Media Self
David L. Altheide
9. The Homosexual Self and the Organization of Experience: The Case of Kate White
Sheldon L. Messinger and Carol A. B. Warren
10. Creating the Competent Self: The Case of the Wheelchair Runner
Dwyne R. Patrick and John E. Bignall
11. A Synthesis: The Existential Self in Society
Joseph A. Kotarba
List of Contributors
Index

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