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Otherness in Question : Labyrinths of the Self - Livia Simao

Otherness in Question

Labyrinths of the Self

By: Livia Simao (Editor), Jaan Valsiner (Editor)

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This book brings to social scientists a new look at how human beings are striving towards understanding others-- and through that effort-- making sense of themselves. It brings together researchers from all over the World who have suggested a set of new approaches to the basic research issue of how human beings are social beings, while being unique in their personal ways of being. Issues of social representation, communication, dialogical self, and human subjectivity are represented in this book. The book contributes to the contemporary epistemological and ethical debate about the question of otherness, and would be of interest to educationalists, sociologists, psychologists, and anthropologists. It is an invitation to the wide readership to join in this collective effort towards the construction of new conceptions about myselfothers relationships that allow for innovative understanding of various social practices and problem solving in society.

The enigmatic otherp. 3
Why "otherness" in the research domain of semiotic-cultural constructivism?p. 11
Interview for part I : transparency in the meaning makingp. 37
The feeling of a dialogical self : affectivity, agency, and othernessp. 53
At the boundary of me and you : semiotic architecture of thinking and feeling the otherp. 73
The self experience of otherness and the shadows of identityp. 93
Interview for part II : allusion and illusions : dynamics of self and othernessp. 107
Otherness in the therapeutic context : the social construction of changep. 125
Time, self, and the other : the striving tourist in Ladakh, North Indiap. 163
Dynamics of inferiority : ruptures and transitions in the self developmentp. 187
Interview for part III : striving toward novelty in a scientific dialoguep. 215
Otherness in historically situated self-experiences : a case-study on how historical events affect the architecture of the selfp. 229
Contemporary Chinese communication with its cultural othersp. 257
The game of political debates : a play of social representations and beyondp. 277
Interview for part IV : questions about the functions of otherness : subject endangeredp. 297
Honoring self-otherness : alterity and the intrapersonalp. 305
Intersubjectivity and otherness : a stage for self strivingsp. 317
Human development as migration : striving toward the unknownp. 349
Interview for part V : intersubjectivity and the experience of otherness : a reflection upon relational accounts of subjectivityp. 379
General conclusions : multiple faces of otherness within the infinite labyrinths of the selfp. 393
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ISBN: 9781593112332
ISBN-10: 1593112335
Series: Advances in Cultural Psychology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 14th December 2006
Publisher: Information Age Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.77