Person, Self, and Identity: Some Anthropological Retrospects, Circumspects, and Prospects

  • Raymond D. Fogelson
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Anthropology has important contributions to make in extending the study of the self. An integrated and cumulative body of anthropological theory relevant to the self has yet to be realized. Nevertheless, it is possible to connect several lines of theory to suggest converging general orientations and research strategies bearing on the study of the self and related ideas. In addition, the ever-expanding comparative ethnographic record constitutes a valuable resource that can be exploited to examine the broader applicability or inapplicability of Western conceptions of the self—as well as to investigate, in their own right, self concepts that have developed independent of Western influence.


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  • Raymond D. Fogelson
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