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The Empowered Self

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Thomas FranckProfessor of Law and Director, Center for International Studies, USA

ISBN13: 9780198298410
ISBN: 0198298412
Published: December 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback
Price: £61.00



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 is not 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 of socialization, but despite such resistance, Thomas Franck demonstrates that we are now entering the age of the individual.

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Contents:
1. Tribe, Nation, State: Traditional Forms of Imposed Identity; 2. The Dreary Future of Imposed Identity: A World of 2,000 States; 3. A Different Future: Individualism as Identity; 4. Citizenship: An Instance of Identity as a Personal act of Self-Determination; 5. Community Based on Personal Autonomy; 6. Freedom of Conscience: A ""Western"" Value?; 7. Constructing the Self: Name, Gender, Career and Privacy; 8. The Individual as Emerging Rights-Holder; 9. The Individual Against the Group; 10. Personal Freedom, Personal Responsibility and Their Democratic Reconciliation; 11. Summing Up