Folding Souls or the Real Self? The Theories of Self of Roy Bhaskar and Nicholas Rose through the Case of Five Visual Artists

Journal of Critical Realism 9 (2):172-198 (2010)
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Arguments about the discursive shaping of our inner lives explain the shaping powers of normalising forces on individual and collective social action, but, I argue here, do not adequately account for the actions of those who choose to follow alternative ways of being. Meta- Reality brings into this picture those aspects of being that are ‘beyond language’, and theorises human consciousness as stratified. I argue that it provides a fuller theoretical explanation for the motivations of five contemporary British visual artists. Drawing on a discourse analysis, I explore why these artists go against the current stream of consumerist and work norms in order to find the time to make art. I summarise and compare Rose’s theory of a multiple interior self formed through our active participation in specific social processes with Bhaskar’s theory of individual uniqueness at a level of consciousness that also connects us to all others
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Bronwyn Davies & Rom Harré (1990). Positioning: The Discursive Production of Selves. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 20 (1):43–63.
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Joe O'Mahoney (2010). Critical Realism and the Self. Journal of Critical Realism 10 (1):122-129.
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