Identity and Agency in Cultural Worlds

Identity and Agency in Cultural Worlds

By: Dorothy Holland (author), Debra Skinner (author), William Lachicotte Jr. (author), Carole Cain (author)Paperback

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This text addresses the central problem in anthropological theory of the late 1990s - the paradox that humans are both products of social discipline and creators of remarkable improvisation. Synthesizing theoretical contributions by Vygotsky, Bakhtin, and Bourdieu, the authors examine the processes by which people create, as well as enact, culturally scripted worlds and their places within them with their caring about the effects of their actions. They emphasize throughout that "identities" are not static but variable and interactive. The ethnographic illumination of this complex theoretical construction comes from vividly described fieldwork in vastly different microcultures: American college women entangled in romance; patients in US mental health facilities; Alcoholics Anonymous members; and women in patriarchal Hindu villages in central Nepal.

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Dorothy Holland is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. William S. Lachicotte, Jr. is Research Assistant Professor of Social Medicine at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Debra Skinner is Research Investigator at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Carole Cain is Staff Specialist in the Department of Psychiatry at the Duke University Medical Center.


Preface I. On the Shoulders of Bakhtin and Vygotsky 1. The Woman Who Climbed Up the House 2. A Practice Theory of Self and Identity II. Placing Identity and Agency 3. Figured Worlds 4. Personal Stories in Alcoholics Anonymous 5. How Figured Worlds of Romance Become Desire III. Power and Privilege 6. Positional Identities 7. The Sexual Auction Block IV. The Space of Authoring 8. Authoring Selves 9. Mental Disorder, Identity, and Professional Discourse 10. Authoring Oneself as a Woman in Nepal V. Making Worlds 11. Play Worlds, Liberatory Worlds, and Fantasy Resources 12. Making Alternate Worlds in Nepal 13. Identity in Practice Notes References Credits Index

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  • publication date: 15/05/2001
  • ISBN13: 9780674005624
  • Format: Paperback, Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 368
  • ID: 9780674005624
  • weight: 590
  • ISBN10: 0674005627

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