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Inventing our Selves Psychology, Power, and Personhood by Nikolas Rose

Inventing our Selves Psychology, Power, and Personhood

Part of the Cambridge Studies in the History of Psychology Series


Inventing our Selves Psychology, Power, and Personhood by Nikolas Rose

Inventing Our Selves proposes a radical new approach to the analysis of our current regime of the self, and the values of autonomy, identity, individuality, liberty, and choice that animate it. It argues that psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy and other 'psy' disciplines have played a key role in 'inventing our selves', changing the ways in which human beings understand and act upon themselves, and how they are acted upon by politicians, managers, doctors, therapists, and a multitude of other authorities. These mutations are intrinsically linked to recent changes in ways of understanding and exercising political power, which have stressed the values of autonomy, personal responsibility, and choice. This critical history diagnoses and destabilises our contemporary 'condition' of the self, to help us think differently about the kind of persons we are, or might become.


'The scope and isnights of what Rose has to say about what it is to become, and be, a human alone suffice to ensure the very great importance of this volume.'
Paul Heelas, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

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Publication date

28th December 1998


Nikolas Rose

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Cambridge University Press


236 pages


History of science
The self, ego, identity, personality



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