The Presence of Self

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Jan 19, 2000 - Social Science - 320 pages
Drawing on ideas from Charles Sanders Peirce, George Herbert Mead, Kenneth Burke, and Mikhail Bakhtin, this work focuses on the centrality of the social act in describing and understanding the beingness of the human individual, situating such acts in dialogic and rhetorical processes. Such processes enable actors to give presence to their selves and, it is claimed, put them into play by using both a logic and a poetic of identity. These arguments are supported by an analysis of everyday conversations, certain inter-personal encounters, and acts of reading and watching sporting engagements.

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Contents

Identificatory Processes
81
The Self in Action
183
Epilogue
275
References
279
Index
291
About the Author
299
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R. S. Perinbanayagam is professor of sociology at Hunter College of the City University of New York.

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