Subjectivity and Suffering in American Culture

Possible Selves

  • Authors
  • Steven¬†M.¬†Parish

Part of the Culture, Mind, and Society book series (CMAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Three American Selves

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Steven M. Parish
      Pages 71-121
  3. Self, Suffering, Subjectivity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Steven M. Parish
      Pages 125-151
    3. Steven M. Parish
      Pages 153-182
    4. Steven M. Parish
      Pages 183-202
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 203-216

About this book


Winner ofThe Boyer Prize from the Society for Psychological Anthropology!!! This book explores the experience of suffering in order to shed light on the nature of the human self. Using an intimate life history approach, it examines ways people struggle to cope with experiences that can shatter their lives: a diagnosis of cancer, the death of a spouse, a parent s mental illness. The volume takes readers deep into private worlds of suffering in American culture, and invites reflection on what the subjectivity of suffering tells us about being human. Addressing universal themes in a way that fully recognizes the individuality of those who experience a personal crisis, Parish shows how individuals personalize the cultural and psychological resources in which they find their possible selves.


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