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The Empowered Self: Law and Society in the Age of Individualism

Thomas Franck


This book 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 urbanisation, 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 persona ... More

Keywords: emancipation, law and society, socialisation, individualism, nationality, personal choice, identity, urbanisation, personal freedom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199248094
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248094.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Franck, author
Professor of Law and Director of the Center for International Studies at New York University