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Anthony Giddens Modernity And Self-Identity Essay



Giddens, A. (1991) Modernity and self-identity (chapters 1 and 2)

GIDDENS, Anthony.

Modernity and self-identity 


self and society in the late modern age

. Stanford:Stanford University Press, 1991, 256 s. ISBN 0-8047-1944-6.


Rethinking of modernity is a fundamental sociological problem


modern institutions differ in:


undercutting of traditional habits and customs

global impact

sociology is an inherent element of the institutional reflexivity of modernity



the institutionalized principle of radical doubt


knowledge in form of hypotheses 3


means of forming of self in high modernity


accumulation of practical knowledge

serves to organise, to alter the aspects of social life they report on oranalyse 14

knowledge constitutive to the social life (not just incidental)

the self in high modernity 3



means of achieving an early ontological sense of security

leap into faith



a crucial concept of organization of the social world



influence of distant happenings to individuals` self 

the media

a new world - an unitary framework of experiences


basic axes of time and space

“In the post

-traditional order of modernity, and against the backdrop of newforms of mediated experience, self-identity becomes a reflexively organised



“The reflexive project of the self, which consists in the sustaining of 

coherent, yet continuously revised, biographical narratives, takes place inthe context of multiple choices as filtered through

abstract systems”


significance of lifestyles

negotiation among the diversity of choices, dialectical interplay of local and global and the loss of the hold of tradition

throughout the social scale

standardizing influences: capitalism and commodification

openness of social life, pluralisation of contexts of action, authorities

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