New Sources of Self

New Sources of Self

Pergamon General Psychology Series

1st Edition - January 1, 1972

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  • Author: T. R. Young
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483158488

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New Sources of Self investigates the self and its origins, functions, development, and expression. A central theme in this book is that the psychobiological capacities of individuals are in the process of being replaced in ""modern"" society by the electromagnetic capacities of technology, by the decision-making and control capacities of business systems, and by the physical capacities of modern industrial machinery. Some of the consequences of this replacement are explored. This monograph is comprised of seven chapters and begins by reexamining the assumption, that self and society are intertwined and challenging the necessity of the social order being the primary source of ""human nature."" The next chapter considers the delineation and measurement of the self-system, the cybernetics of self-control, and the sociological and psychological perspectives of self. The argument that the separation of self and society is tragic is also analyzed, together with some contemporary social movements as ventures in the private construction and private use of self; the processes by which self is linked to social structure and whether these processes are operative in the large-scale organizations typically found in a complex industrial society; and some sources and uses of self. This text will be of interest to sociologists, psychiatrists, clinical and social psychologists, and psychiatric social workers.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction

    2. Self-structure and Social Structure

    A Reexamination

    The Emergence of Self

    The Presentation of Self

    3. Self-system: Delineation and Measurement

    The Cybernetics of Self-Control

    The Sociological Perspective

    The Psychological Perspective

    An Operational Definition of Self-system

    Twenty Statements Test

    Operational Definitions of Social Takes

    Psyche Takes and Social Takes

    Long Takes and Short Takes

    4. Self and Society Separated: The Tragic Version

    The Tragic Version

    Alienated Labor

    The Moral Order

    The Organization Man



    The Generation of Self in Modern Society

    5. Society Without Self: The Rational Version

    The Rational Version

    Short Takes and Self-Systems

    The Looking-Glass Process

    The Sociology of Knowledge

    Language and Self

    Role Models

    Social Control and Self-Structure

    Advertising and Motivation in a Short Take Society

    Differentiation and The Set of Social Identities

    Processual Discontinuity and Self-structure

    Rites of Passage


    Disengagement Routines

    The Dramaturgical Society


    6. New Sources of Self

    Computer Technology and Shrinking Middle Class Cadre

    The Underground Church as a Source of Self

    The Freak Community as Neo-Gemeinschaft

    The Zodiac Identities

    Encounter Groups and Sensitivity Groups

    The Higher Learning

    Mass Communication

    Retirement Communities

    7. Private Uses of Self

    Corruption: Theory

    Social Uses of Psychogenics

    The Protestant Ethic

    The Epicurean Ethic


    Corruption: Practice





    The Rackets

    An Inventory

    The Politics of Experience: R. D. Laing



Product details

  • No. of pages: 124
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1972
  • Published: January 1, 1972
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483158488

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T. R. Young

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Arnold P. Goldstein

Leonard Krasner

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