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Identifying Selfhood: Imagination, Narrative, and Hermeneutics in the Thought of Paul Ricoeur (SUNY Series, McGill Studies in the History of Religions, a Series Devoted to International Scholarship)
Identifying Selfhood: Imagination, Narrative, and Hermeneutics in the Thought of Paul Ricoeur (SUNY Series, McGill Studies in the History of Religions, a Series Devoted to International Scholarship)
by Henry Venema
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.91

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to Ricouer, 23 July 2013
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I love this book. When I have struggled to understand Ricoeur's key texts, I've found this book to be really helpful. By 'helpful' what I mean is that I have found it to be well synthesised and explained, accessible, scholarly, and to the point. This is the sort of book written by someone who really does understand Ricoeur - and believe me, there are quite a few out there that I can't say that about. If you want a good secondary text on Ricoeur, this is one of the best.


Ricoeur, Identity and Early Childhood (Critical Education Policy and Politics)
Ricoeur, Identity and Early Childhood (Critical Education Policy and Politics)
by Sandy Farquhar
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £42.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and rewarding, 23 July 2013
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Sandy Farquhar's book is a welcome critical addition to early childhood literature which is too often dominated by 'how to' texts. I particularly liked the way in which she challenges the ways in which early childhood has been incorporated into an oppressive economic discourse, using the example of her own NZ context. She also provides a fresh perspective on early childhood practice through her application of Paul Ricoeur's narrative hermeneutics. If you want to re-think early childhood practice as an ethical and relational undertaking (or remind yourself of this!), read this book. Don't be put off by new ideas, give it a go.


Creative Explorations: New Approaches to Identities and Audiences
Creative Explorations: New Approaches to Identities and Audiences
by David Gauntlett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, engaging and relevant, 4 Sept. 2010
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David Gauntlett's 2007 book is both interesting, inventive and accessible for a range of audiences. It introduces readers to important concepts about identity, experience, self expression and representation and makes good use of relevant concepts, research and useful illustration. David's honest and unpretentious style reflects his genuine interest in the subject - this is not a 'dry and distant' academic book, but is a journey through a series of relevant questions around the theme. Early sections introduce readers to key concepts from the literature and set the scene for fascinating look at visual methodologies and identity models. I found myself saying "yes, that's right!" on regular occasions.

If you want an insight into some important sociological themes about identity and representation (whether you're an 'everyday' reader, student, researcher, or academic) and are interested in 'hands on' work with individuals and groups about these themes, it's worth a buy. You'll find your own inspiration in there.


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