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The Reconfiguring Self

Jeannette Marie Mageo
American Anthropologist
New Series, Vol. 97, No. 2 (Jun., 1995), pp. 282-296
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Anthropological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/681962
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Abstract

This essay presents a theory about cultural systems of self. It counters disclaimers as to the possibility of building cross-culturally valid theory, often taken to be the intellectual outcome of postmodernism. Nonetheless, such theory is a logical descendant of the postmodern project, predicating multiple selves and multiple constructions of social reality. It offers an explanatory framework for conceptions of personhood that are loosely interconnected and only partially and problematically shared between culture members.

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