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The Well-Tempered Self : Citizenship, Culture, and the Postmodern Subject - Toby Miller

The Well-Tempered Self

Citizenship, Culture, and the Postmodern Subject

Paperback Published: 1st November 1993
ISBN: 9780801846045
Number Of Pages: 320
For Ages: 22+ years old

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"This is a major work on the connection of theoretical to political practice under postmodernity. At once rigorous and readable, its academic concerns will be both accessible and useful to readers asking -- as contemporary readers indomitably do -- what these debates in cultural theory have to do with the conduct of theirsocial lives." -- Meaghan Morris, author of The Pirate's FiancA(c)e: Feminism, Reading, Postmodernism.

"Miller's work is extremely engaging, original, and successful in producing a set of innovative analyses of the formation of cultural subjects." -- Douglas Kellner, University of Texas, Austin

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This Fouauldian analysis of political identity- formation, social ethics, and cultural policy in advanced capitalist societies is a timely addition to democratic theory. Miller contrasts the ethic of 'incompleteness' which produces an accelerated and self-policing citizens to the 'autoinvention' exemplified by (some) new social movements and hinted at Foucault's later works. The middle, substantive chapters are the strongest; Miller marshalls a wealth of original data on the deep schism between selfless citizen and self-serving customer underlying much Australian and Brittish Public Policy; the politics of incivility (again, in Australia); and the issue of 'cultural imperialism' under the General Agreement on Tarriffs and Trade. These imaginative discussion denaturalize such classic concepts as national identity, state sovreignty, individual autonomy, self-discovery, and civic virtue. * Choice *

Civic Culture and the Postmodern Subjectp. 1
Textual Theoryp. 49
Nation, Drama, Diplomacyp. 95
Making Citizens and Consumersp. 129
New Technologies to Form New Selvesp. 173
Conclusionp. 218
Notesp. 233
Select Bibliographyp. 263
Indexp. 281
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ISBN: 9780801846045
ISBN-10: 0801846048
Series: Parallax: Re-visions of Culture and Society
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st November 1993
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 14.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43