P227
Creating the modern self: emotions, subjectivity and technologies of citizenship

Convenors:
Chiara Pussetti (Instituto de Ciências Sociais - Universidade de Lisboa)
Francesco Vacchiano (ICS-UL, Lisbon)
Location:
Block 1- Piso 1, Room 76
Start time:
19 April, 2011 at 11:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

Contemporary strategies of construction of the person; subjectivity as tension between creativity and social restrictions; the relationship between body and performance and the influence of the 'technologies of citizenship' on the process of self-representation.

Long abstract:

Social construction or intimate individuality, form of relationship with the world or functional perception, the concept of 'self' has been approached from different perspectives and discussed in numerous areas of application. To analyze its profile means, however, to regard the 'self' not as something given, merely waiting to be discovered, but as the effect of a continuous individual and collective handling, produced in an area of fine interchange between subjective reasons (biographical, relational, motivational) and contextual constraints. Its substance is shaped by a variety of productive devices: hegemonic values based upon moral and aesthetic judgments, socially prescribed and proscribed discourses, economies of the body and performative practices of citizenship. It is in relation to these constraints that certain practices are socially more acceptable: training and education, for instance, are considered natural, virtuous or otherwise admirable, while, by contrast, means that are perceived as artificial are thought to render the intended self-improvement morally suspect (as with steroid use in athletic performances or psychopharmacology in the daily 'emotional make-up'). This panel aims to explore the link between subject and context in the production of an 'admissible' self, negotiated between different discourses and therefore 'acceptable'. The panel will host contributions aimed at investigating the contemporary strategies of construction of the person and the issue of subjectivity as tension between creativity and social restrictions; the relationship between body and performance (moral, physical and psychological); and the influence of the 'technologies of citizenship' on the process of self-representation.