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Society in the Self: A Theory of Identity in Democracy

Hubert J.M. Hermans


In this book, Hubert Hermans, internationally known as the creator of the dialogical self theory, launches a new and original theory in which he links society with the most intimate regions of self and identity. The basic assumption is that the self is organized as an inner society that is simultaneously functioning as part of the society at large as exemplified by developments like self-sabotage, self-radicalization, self-cure, self-government, self-nationalization, and self-internationalization. The book makes even a more radical step. It not only deals with the societal organization of the ... More

Keywords: democracy, democratic self, dialogical self, self-other, uncertainty, reason-emotion dialogue, leadership

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190687793
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190687793.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hubert J.M. Hermans, author
Professor of Psychology Emeritus, Radboud University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands