The Existential Self in Society

Edited by Joseph A. Kotarba and Andrea Fontana

The Existential Self in Society
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Edited by Joseph A. Kotarba and Andrea Fontana

256 pages | © 1984
Paper $32.00 ISBN: 9780226451411 Published July 1987
The Existential Self in Society explores the ways in which we experience and shape our individuality in a rapidly changing social world. Kotarba and Fontana have gathered eleven original essays that form an exciting contribution and an ideal introduction to the emerging field of existential sociology.
Foreword by Stanford M. Lyman
1. Introduction: Existential Sociology and the Self
Andrea Fontana
2. Self: Sociological Portraits
Marilyn Lester
3. The Emergence, Security, and Growth of the Sense of Self
Jack D. Douglas
4. An Existential View of Organizations: Is the Member Condemned to Be Free?
Ronald W. Smith
5. The Victimized Self: The Case of Battered Women
John M. Johnson and Kathleen J. Ferraro
6. Blood and Money: Exploiting the Embodied Self
Wendy Espeland
7. Leaving the Convent: The Experience of Role Exit and Self-Transformation
Helen Rose Fuchs Ebaugh
8. The Media Self
David L. Altheide
9. The Homosexual Self and the Organization of Experience: The Case of Kate White
Sheldon L. Messinger and Carol A. B. Warren
10. Creating the Competent Self: The Case of the Wheelchair Runner
Dwyne R. Patrick and John E. Bignall
11. A Synthesis: The Existential Self in Society
Joseph A. Kotarba
List of Contributors
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