This book presents a rigorous empirical exploration of the ideas of George Herbert Mead. While Mead's work has been highly influential, there are few empirical studies that instantiate his conception of mind, self and society. Beginning with a novel interpretation of Mead's theory, the book argues that Mead's core problematic is the explanation of self-reflection. What is interesting about the theory is that it provides a precise account of how self-reflection is rooted in institutionalised patterns of social interaction. The empirical part of the book utilises Mead's theory to conceptualise social interaction between tourists and locals in a remote part of northern India. The analysis details the intricate ways in which both tourists and locals come to reflect upon themselves from each others' perspectives. Tourists worry about appearing ignorant and wealthy in the eyes of locals, and locals wonder why they are the object of so many tourists' photographs. The promise of the book is to explicate exactly how this integration of perspectives arises.
Introduction. Chapter I: The Social Act. Chapter II: The Touring Act. Chapter III: The Microgenetic Economies of the Touring Act. Chapter IV: Genealogy of Tourists' Universe of Discourse. Chapter V: Genealogy of Ladakhis' Universe of Discourse. Chapter VI: Mapping the Generalized Other. Chapter VII: Navigating the Generalized Other. Chapter VIII: The Social Dynamics of Mind. Chapter IX: Becoming Other to Oneself.
Series: Advances in Cultural Psychology
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 7th November 2006
Publisher: Information Age Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88
Weight (kg): 0.44