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The real self revisited: From impulse to institution

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posted on 2021-12-01, 07:16 authored by Ramon Menendez DomingoRamon Menendez Domingo
A preoccupation with a search for the authentic self has become widespread for individuals living in contemporary Western societies since the 1970s. Because academic consensus had been reached regarding the university student population anchoring their experiences of authenticity in a personal ( impulsive or subconsensual) sense of identity in the last 35 years, the sociological-empirical study of the real self among students has been abandoned as a discipline for about the last 20 years. This article shows that this should not be the case any longer. I found that students’ meanings of authenticity are predominantly constructed within their social ( institutional or consensual) roles. I present data from a survey conducted with 138 respondents from a university in Victoria, Australia, in 2013, and compare it with sociologist Ralph Turner's ground-breaking research on the same topic. I explain these findings through generational and cultural change reasons related to millennials’ Web 2.0 technology use.

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Publication Date

2023-06-01

Journal

Journal of Sociology

Volume

59

Issue

2

Pagination

20p. (p. 491-510)

Publisher

SAGE

ISSN

1440-7833

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The Author reserves all moral rights over the deposited text and must be credited if any re-use occurs. Documents deposited in OPAL are the Open Access versions of outputs published elsewhere. Changes resulting from the publishing process may therefore not be reflected in this document. The final published version may be obtained via https://doi.org/10.1177/14407833211048541. Please note that additional copyright and access restrictions may apply to the published version. Menéndez Domingo, R. (2023). The real self revisited: From impulse to institution. Journal of Sociology, 59(2), 491–510. © The Author(s) 2021

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