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Self-alteration : how people change themselves across cultures / Edited by Jean-Paul Baldacchino and Christopher Houston.

Other author/creatorBaldacchino, Jean-Paul, editor.
Other author/creatorHouston, Christopher, editor.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press, [2024]
Descriptionviii, 222 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Abstract "Contemporary life across the globe is awash with activities, enterprises, and programs that purport to enable self-transformation. But how easy is it for people to alter themselves? Self-Alteration: How People Change Themselves across Cultures explores cross-cultural processes of self-change, as well as their related existential dilemmas. Focusing on projects, practices, and contexts of self-alteration, the authors in this volume create models for cross-cultural analysis of self-change that leads to fresh ways of addressing the "self" itself. Its essays begin with social processes that reveal how the self acquires a non-trivial new meaning in and through its very process of alteration. This volume shows that, once self-alteration becomes an explicit focus of study, exciting new themes appear for investigation. The essays identify a number of modalities, methods, and mechanisms through which people seek to alter themselves. These include self-alteration via engagement with religious and spiritual traditions and innovations; self-alteration through embodied participation in therapeutic programs, including gendered care services; self-alteration by involvement in political activism; and self-change through relationships with the "more-than-human.""-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Genre/formCross-cultural studies.
LCCN 2023011121
ISBN9781978837232 hardcover
ISBN1978837232 hardcover
ISBN9781978837225 paperback
ISBN1978837224 paperback
ISBNelectronic publication
ISBNelectronic book

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