Few ideas are as taken for granted as the idea that people actually have selves. The Self in Society ignites curiosity about this assumption. Unlike many texts in the field of sociology, which focus on society rather than the individual, the thought-provoking readings in this book challenge readers to question pre-existing notions about the individual self. The text traces the social origins of the idea that people have unique destinies they must understand and fulfill. It considers how to approach the self as a topic of study, and investigates how culture and experience shape the personal self.
A key to enhancing the sociological imagination, The Self in Society can be used as a stand-alone text in sociology courses, or as a supplemental reader.