The Empowered Self: Law and Society in the Age of Individualism by Thomas FranckThe Empowered Self: Law and Society in the Age of Individualism by Thomas Franck

The Empowered Self: Law and Society in the Age of Individualism

byThomas Franck

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The Empowered Self: Law and Society in the Age of Individualism examines the gradual emancipation of the individual in national and international law and the changing social attitudes towards personal choice in constituting identity. It demonstrates that this desire of persons for choice isnot limited to Western industrial society but a historical development powered by such independent variables as urbanization, the communications revolution, education, and economic development. These factors are changing the way persons affiliate: their attitudes towards nationality, religion,careers, sexuality, and gender roles. In the new climate of personal freedom, individuals increasingly select the components of their identity, choosing one or several from among multiple possible affiliations and questioning---even sometimes rejecting---the imposed or inherited forms ofsocialization, but despite such resistance, Thomas Franck demonstrates that we are now entering the age of the individual.

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Thomas Franck is Professor of Law Director of the Center for International Studies at New York University
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Title:The Empowered Self: Law and Society in the Age of IndividualismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:326 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:April 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. TRIBE, NATION, STATE: TRADITIONAL FORMS OF IMPOSED IDENTITY2. THE DREARY FUTURE OF IMPOSED IDENTITY: A WORLD OF 2,000 STATES3. A DIFFERENT FUTURE: INDIVIDUALISM AS IDENTITY4. CITIZENSHIP: AN INSTANCE OF IDENTITY AS A PERSONAL ACT OF SELF-DETERMINATION5. COMMUNITY BASED ON PERSONAL AUTONOMY6. FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE: A "WESTERN" VALUE?7. CONSTRUCTING THE SELF: NAME, GENDER, CAREER AND PRIVACY8. THE INDIVIDUAL AS EMERGING RIGHTS-HOLDER9. THE INDIVIDUAL AGAINST THE GROUP10. PERSONAL FREEDOM, PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND THEIR DEMOCRATIC RECONCILIATION11. SUMMING UP

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`Franck's exposition of the evidence supporting his claim that there is an emergent individualist culture is both excellent and informative. erudite and thought-provoking The Empowered Self is a complex book that demands and deserves engaged close reading.'The American Journal of International Law, Vol. 95, No. 4, Oct. 2001