Deconstructing a homunculus : a postmodern account of the self

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. C.J. Oosthuizen en_US
dc.contributor.author Devetzis, Catherine
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-05T12:01:07Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-05T12:01:07Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-05
dc.date.submitted 1998
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/7024
dc.description M.A. en_US
dc.description.abstract The present study explores the effect of social positioning, as manifested in relationship, in shaping personal narratives. Four homosexual men shared aspects of their personal narratives, particularly their experiences of self as a consequence of relationship. The narratives unfold in a setting of marginality, in that homosexuality is regarded as an illegitimate identity within the mainstream contexts of these men. One tape-recorded conversation of an hour and a half was held with each of the participants in the study. The conversation was guided by in-depth considerations of marginality, separation, belonging and the consequences of these. The narratives suggest that these men's sense of self is influenced by how they are addressed by others, demonstrating that relationship is the matrix from which people are socially positioned and from which their narratives of self emerge. Suggestions around alternative resources in accounting for the ontological within psychology include regarding relationship, language and social position as influencing what does manifest as a person's inner world. In order to counteract the tyranny of "normality" perpetuated within the social sciences, normality should be reformulated as a socially prescribed template of being. In terms of marginality, this study implies that marginality is a social process which emanates when a person interacts with people removed from his or her social context. It is a discourse which lacks expansion and focuses predominately on separation and belonging and nuances these. The discourse thereby suggests that marginality is not the function of an overtly disempowered identity vis-à-vis the mainstream, but a function of the discourses which emanate from interaction across dissimilar contexts. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Postmodernism - Psychological aspects. en_US
dc.subject Identity (Psychology) en_US
dc.subject Gay men - Psychology - Research - South Africa. en_US
dc.subject Self-esteem. en_US
dc.subject Self en_US
dc.title Deconstructing a homunculus : a postmodern account of the self en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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