Shanyang Zhao provides a unique examination of this evolving topic with a framework to address the common questions: What is self? How is self formed? and Why does self matter? Drawing a fascinating distinction between self and self-concept, Zhao regards both as part of a larger constellation named the ‘self-phenomenon.’ He separates social determinants of self from neurocognitive prerequisites of self. Focusing on the social determinants, he reviews how social schemas shape self-concept through three intertwined mechanisms and how social resources affect self-conscious action through social position and social capital.
A clear distinction between self and self-concept
A study of the self as both a social product and a social force
A new framework for the sociology of the self, built on the foundation of classic works
A close examination of three mechanisms of self-concept formation with
specifications of the scope conditions under which each mechanism operates
An analysis of the distinctiveness of human normative selves through cross-species comparison
This Advanced Introduction will provide essential reading for scholars and researchers in sociology, social psychology, and social policy.
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