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Constructing the Self in a Mediated World
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Constructing the Self in a Mediated World

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Volume: 16

January 1996 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In today's media-saturated world, identities are no longer built solely within the close-knit communities of family, neighborhood, school, and work. Today media are part of our world and therefore play an important role in the formulations of our identities or constructions of self. In a truly postmodern mode, Constructing the Self in a Mediated World not only brings together the usually segregated areas of interpersonal and mass communication but also incorporates works from scholars in sociology, psychology, and women's studies as well. Each essay examines our understanding of self in a different context of mediated culture within a specific framework of interpretive theories such as critical theory, social constructionist theory, and feminism. This volume provides insights into issues of self and identity in contemporary mediated culture. Designed for advanced students and experienced researchers in communication (both media and interpersonal), sociology, psychology, and women's studies. Constructing the Self in a Mediated World raises important questions and contributes greatly to its field.

 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
Debra Grodin and Thomas R Lindlof
The Self and Mediated Communication
 
PART TWO: SELF AND MEDIA CONTENT
Wendy Simonds
All Consuming Selves
Self-Help Literature and Women's Identities

 
Suzanna Danuta Walters
Terms of Enmeshment
The Cultural Construction of the Mother/Daughter Relationship

 
 
PART THREE: SELF AND MEDIA PARTICIPATION
Mary Ellen Brown
Desperately Seeking Strategies
Reading in the Postmodern

 
Patricia Priest
`Gilt by Association'
Talk Show Participants' Televisually Enhanced Status and Self-Esteem

 
Donal Carbaugh
Mediating Cultural Selves
Soviet and American Cultures in a Televised `Spacebridge'

 
Timothy Simpson
Constructions of Self and Other in the Experience of Rap Music
 
PART FOUR: RELATIONAL SELVES AND THE MEDIATED CONTEXT
Kenneth J Gergen
Technology and the Self
From the Essential to the Sublime

 
Sheila McNamee
Therapy and Identity Construction in a Postmodern World
Sherry Turkle
Parallel Lives
Working on Identity in Virtual Space

 
 
PART FIVE: THE MEDIATED SELF AND INQUIRY
Thomas R Lindlof and Autumn Grubb-Swetnam
Seeking a Path of Least Resistance
The Self Becoming Method

 
James A Anderson and Gerald R Schoening
The Nature of the Individual in Communication Research

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