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The AIDS Crisis and the Modern Self : Biographical Self-Construction in the Awareness of Finitude - Sebastian Rinken

The AIDS Crisis and the Modern Self

Biographical Self-Construction in the Awareness of Finitude

Hardcover Published: 31st August 2000
ISBN: 9780792363712
Number Of Pages: 242

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In industrialized countries, HIV/AIDS is now increasingly perceived as a chronic condition. Yet initially, before combination therapy became available, this pandemic was widely associated with premature or even imminent death. Receiving the diagnosis typically led to a dramatic biographical disruption.
This highly original book turns this basic feature of life with HIV into the vantage point for a fascinating analysis of Western subjectivity. Combining a host of empirical observations with the debate on the modern self, the author argues that the self-construction of people with HIV highlights the precarious yet indispensable status of the self in contemporary Western society. Constructing one's biography in terms of self-actualization is in fact a manifestation of nihilism: it evokes a standard of certainty which, on closer examination, cannot be sustained.
Written in a lucid style, this unique book will appeal to scholars and students in the fields of sociology, social psychology, social anthropology, social theory and philosophy, as well as anybody interested in the relationship between the self and society or the experience of living with HIV/AIDS.

Prefacep. ix
HIV and the selfp. 1
The problem of finitudep. 19
Observing selvesp. 35
The "diagnosis of the self"p. 56
From invalidation to reinforcementp. 93
Seeking shelter amongst peersp. 113
Contrasting patternsp. 136
Mortal, all too mortalp. 161
Thinking of finitudep. 180
HIV, mortality and the selfp. 204
Appendixp. 217
Bibliographyp. 219
Indexp. 233
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ISBN: 9780792363712
ISBN-10: 079236371X
Series: International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 242
Published: 31st August 2000
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.54

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