Institutional Selves Troubled Identities in a Postmodern World

ISBN-10: 0195129288

ISBN-13: 9780195129281

Edition: 2001

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Today, identities are conferred and selves are constructed in more organizational settings than ever before. Institutions large and small - from Psychiatric hospitals, schools, and prisons, to job clinics, counselling centres, support groups - virtually instruct us about who and what we are as part of the work they do in processing lives and personal troubles. Some see this negatively, as if the self might somehow escape these developments. But there is a more balanced view that acknowledges the socially practical self we live by, which is constructed in light of these new and diverse opportunities. If organizations inevitably shape selves in today's world, they do so by providing the resources, not just the constraints, that enter into the process. New institutions produce new forms of self by presenting new options for who and what we are and can be, while they also place practical limits on the range of possible identities. This is the leading theme of Institutional Selves. The book brings together nine distinctive chapters that collectively address the institutional construction of troubled selves. From the victims and villains of television talk shows, to battered women in support groups, to the violent selves of prison inmates, the chapters show how personal identity is structured in response to the pragmatic demands of everyday life in the ubiquitous settings where personal troubles are under increasing consideration.
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List price: $59.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/3/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Trying Times, Troubles Selves
Institutional Identities
Victims, Villains, and Talk
Doubled Over in Laughter: Humor and the Construction of Selves in Alcoholics Anonymous
Changing the Subject: Self-Construction in Brief Therapy
Self-Empowerment in Two Therapeutic Communities
Constructing Institutional Selves
Lived Realities and Formula Stories of "Battered Women"Joseph Hopper: Contested Selves in Divorce Proceedings
Universities as Discursive Environments for Sexual Identity Construction
Self-Presentation and Organizational Processing in a Human Service Agency
Self-Change and Resistance in Prison
Author Index
Subject Index
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