Subjectivity: Theories of the Self from Freud to Haraway

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NYU Press, Sep 1, 2000 - Philosophy - 198 pages
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What am I referring to when I say "I"? This little word is so easy to use in daily life, yet it has become the focus of intense theoretical debate. Where does my sense of self come from? Does it arise spontaneously or is it created by the media or society?

This concern with the self, with our subjectivity, is now our main point of reference in Western societies. How has it come to be so important, and what are the different ways in which we can approach an understanding of the self? Nick Mansfield explores how our notions of subjectivity have developed over the past century. Analyzing the work of key modern and postmodern theorists such as Freud, Foucault, Nietzsche, Lacan, Kristeva, Deleuze and Guattari, and Haraway, he shows how subjectivity is central to debates in contemporary culture, including gender, sexuality, ethnicity, postmodernism, and technology.

  

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Really good introduction to philosophical theories of the self. Well written and easy to understand - a good place to start when trying to wrap your head around the many different theories of subjectivity. Read full review

Review: Subjectivity: Theories of the Self from Freud to Haraway

User Review  - Goodreads

Really good introduction to philosophical theories of the self. Well written and easy to understand - a good place to start when trying to wrap your head around the many different theories of subjectivity. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The free and autonomous Individual
13
Freud and the split subject
25
The subject is language
38
The subject and power
51
From female imaginary to performativity
66
Subjectivity as a process
79
Saving the postOedipal world
92
Otherness policy
118
Rhizomatics
136
The subject and technology
148
The subject and postmodernism
162
Conclusion
174
Glossary
181
Index
193
Copyright

From perverse to queer
105

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About the author (2000)

Nick Mansfield is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Critical and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University. He is co-author of Cultural Studies and the New Humanities and author of Masochism: The Art of Power.

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