JEANNETTE MARIE MAGEO is Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-4910, and Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E6BT.
The Reconfiguring Self
Article first published online: 28 OCT 2009
1995 American Anthropological Association
Volume 97, Issue 2, pages 282–296, June 1995
How to Cite
Mageo, J. M. (1995), The Reconfiguring Self. American Anthropologist, 97: 282–296. doi: 10.1525/aa.1995.97.2.02a00070
- Issue published online: 28 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 28 OCT 2009
This essay presents a theory about cultural systems of self. It counters disclaimers as to the possibility of building cross-culturally valid theory, often taken to be the intellectual outcome of postmodernism. Nonetheless, such theory is a logical descendant of the postmodern project, predicating multiple selves and multiple constructions of social reality. It offers an explanatory framework for conceptions of personhood that are loosely interconnected and only partially and problematically shared between culture members.