Troubled Identity And The Modern World by L. DonskisTroubled Identity And The Modern World by L. Donskis

Troubled Identity And The Modern World

byL. Donskis

Hardcover | June 16, 2009

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The book maps what Leonidas Donskis terms the troubled identity, that is, the identity that constantly needs assurance and confirmation. It is on why and how the search for identity becomes everything for a postmodern person, an identity builder and shifter. Our infatuation with it replaces the former search for the meaning of life, becoming a mode of discourse, self-discovery, self-interpretation, and a perfect chance to reshape ourselves as the other in our country. Identity protects and hurts us. Through an identity-building-and-shifting process, argues Donskis, we can move from political majority to cultural minority, or the other way around.

Leonidas Donskis is a philosopher, historian of ideas, political commentator, and critic. Currently, Leonidas Donskis serves as Professor and Dean of Vytautas Magnus University School of Political Science and Diplomacy in Kaunas, Lithuania. In addition, he acts as Docent of Social and Moral Philosophy at the University of Helsinki and...
Title:Troubled Identity And The Modern WorldFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pagesPublished:June 16, 2009Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230607705

ISBN - 13:9780230607705

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Table of Contents

Preface * Acknowledgments * 1 An Identity in Need of Assurance and Confirmation * 2 To Be or to Forget: Politics of Remembering vs. Politics of Forgetting * 3 Identity and the Emergence of Modern Sensibilities: Liberty, Tradition, Anger, and Incessant Change * 4 Us and Them: Nationalism and Patriotism Revisited * 5 Fear and Loathing in Liquid Modernity * 6 Forgetting the Ends and then Redoubling the Efforts: Fanaticism * 7 Nowhere at Home * 8 Making and Unmaking History: Identities in Ruins * Works Cited * Index

Editorial Reviews

“This is a fascinating book by a fascinating man from a fascinating place.”--The Economist

“Leonadis Donskis clearly has much to say of great interest to academics and advanced students from a crucial East/Central European standpoint.”--Roland Robertson, University of Essex and University of Pittsburgh