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Becoming Other to Oneself : A Median Study of Culture Courism in Ladakh - Alex Gillespie

Becoming Other to Oneself

A Median Study of Culture Courism in Ladakh

By: Alex Gillespie (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 7th November 2006
ISBN: 9781593112318
Number Of Pages: 308

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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.

Editor's introduction : the social act of the social sciences : touring the minds of recreational nomads
Transcription conventions
The social actp. 1
Elaborations and questionsp. 27
Tourism in Ladakhp. 51
The touring actp. 69
Listening to touristsp. 101
Listening to Ladakhisp. 127
First analysis : genealogyp. 155
Tourist self and Ladakhi otherp. 161
Ladakhi self and tourist otherp. 179
Second analysis : becoming otherp. 205
Internal dialoguesp. 211
Self-reflectionp. 229
Becoming other to oneselfp. 255
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ISBN: 9781593112318
ISBN-10: 1593112319
Series: Advances in Cultural Psychology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 7th November 2006
Publisher: Information Age Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.57