"Recovering the Self" seeks to place issues of morality and justice at the heart of social theory. Because of the breakdown of traditional forms of authority, respect for authorities can no longer be taken for granted. Increasingly people believe that respect has to be earned and people have to discover sources of authority within themselves.
Victor Seidler seeks to establish a framework to rethink the relation between self and society, identities and power. Through exploring the works of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim he shows the hidden complexities of a modernity too often identified with a unified vision of the rational self. Reinstating the body and emotional life into the discussion, Seidler sets new terms for respect and equality by showing ways the self is undermined in its sense of self-worth and adequacy through the working of relationships of power and subordination.
"This book does a tremendously important job of bringing the issues of morality right into the core of the self problem' thus salvaging the latter from the egocentric, hedonistic exile in which it has been kept by most recent writers."
-Zygmunt Bauman, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Leeds University