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Title: Sourcing the Self
Subtitle: Debating the Relations between Language and Consciousness
Written By: Kathy Pitt
Series Title: Contemporary Studies in Descriptive Linguistics. Vol. 21

Social constructionists argue that our inner selves and our actions in the
world are socially produced. Meta-realists, on the other hand, say that
human consciousness is stratified, and not socially shaped at all levels.
How do the human acts of creativity and resistance illuminate these
different perspectives on human consciousness? This book explores theories
of self and agency through a critical discourse analysis of the accounts of
five British artists talking about their motivations, their creative
processes and their experiences of the practices and institutions of visual
art. Throughout the analysis the author considers how we voice dimensions
of being that are 'beyond' language, and how these words impact on our
sense of self and actions. The concept of self realisation is at the centre
of this book and is critically examined. The analysis also explores the
construction of social identities through family relations and
institutional art practices and the media. It shows how they can provide
solidarity for those who risk breaking social norms, but at the same time
build barriers of difference.


Social labels and inner needs: constructionist theories of identity and
fragmented self - Language and the layering of consciousness: the British
artists Dave, Dee, Frank, Polly and Sam's talk about the creative processes
and meta-reality theory - The emotional dimension of being, cultural
constructions and creative commitment - The production of difference and
solidarity through the visual art practices of education and galleries and
media discourse - Constructing time and space for self within personal
relations - Locating the boundaries of self and other: self realisation and

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3039113984
ISBN-13: 9783039113989
Pages: 220
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