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The fabric of self : a theory of ethics and emotions
Margolis, Diane Rothbard.
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New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [1998]

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xi, 207 pages ; 24 cm
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BF697 .M32 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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"Margolis illuminates our path through a cluttered conceptual territory. I think this is a straining, important contribution to our understanding of emotion and the self". -- Arlie Russell Hochschild, author of The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work

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Margolis presents a fascinating treatise on the "self." From the first chapter discussing popular views of self to the ending chapter linking self, culture, and emotions, this study maintains one's interest. Margolis examines self in a fashion that is unique and important. Though research by Markus and others assesses differences in "self" between collectivist and individualistic cultures, Margolis goes beyond this and suggests that the essence of self is created by a combination of gender, emotion, and culture. Within American culture people must accept the possibility that this conception is an accurate one. Are women and men, boys and girls "taught" to view themselves differently even within a culture defined as the "United States?" Women in some ways are still expected to be more "nurturing" and "inclusive" while men are expected to be "independent" and "exclusive." Margolis suggests that the concept of self can be truly understood only when self, gender, ethics, and emotions are integrated. An intriguing read for upper-division undergraduates and above. R. E. Osborne Indiana University East