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Power and the Self : Publications of the Society for Psychological Anthropology - Jeannette Marie Mageo

Power and the Self

Publications of the Society for Psychological Anthropology

By: Jeannette Marie Mageo (Editor)

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Published: 25th February 2002
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Power and the Self deals with an important but neglected topic: the ways in which power is experienced by individuals, both as agents and as objects of the exercise of power. Each contributor presents a series of case studies drawn from a variety of cultural contexts, including the analysis of the appeal of Japanese superhero toys for American children; the conditions that lead to dehumanising treatment of patients in an American nursing home; the experiences of a Turkish immigrant woman in the Netherlands; a contribution relating theories about the capacity to commit genocidal violence to 'everyday forms of violence', and other cases from New Guinea and Samoa. The introduction provides a readable historical review and synthesis of the theoretical ideas that provide the context for the work presented in the book.

'This sparkling collection of essays addresses the ways in which subjects experience power, both as agents of social process, and as the objects of such processes ... As a collection these papers are remarkably well synthesized, presented a variety of approaches ... many of the papers speak to one another, and actually illuminate complimentary perspectives ... I found each of these papers interesting and rewarding ...'. Cambridge Anthropology '... lucid and engaging, theoretically informed, and grounded in either ethnographic research or personal experiences ... constitutes yet another useful contribution to anthropological understanding from members of the psychological anthropology clan.' The Journal of The Royal Anthropological Institute

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
List of contributorsp. viii
Forewordp. ix
Introduction: theorizing power and the selfp. 1
Power differentials in the US
The genocidal continuum: peace-time crimesp. 29
Intimate powers, public selves: Bakhtin's space of authoringp. 48
Transnational psychologies
Playing with power: morphing toys and transforming heroes in kids' mass culturep. 71
Consciousness of the state and the experience of self: the runaway daughter of a Turkish guest workerp. 93
Colonial encounters: power/history/self
Spirit, self, and power: the making of colonial experience in Papua New Guineap. 117
Self models and sexual agencyp. 141
Reading power against the grain
Eager subjects, reluctant powers: the irrelevance of ideology in a secret New Guinea male cultp. 177
Feminist emotionsp. 194
Indexp. 216
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ISBN: 9780521808392
ISBN-10: 0521808391
Series: Publications of the Society for Psychological Anthropology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 234
Published: 25th February 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.48