Definitions of Self
- (noun) An individual’s sense of their own being.
- (noun) An individual’s being as distinct from others.
- (noun) Referring to the qualities and characteristics that make an individual unique.
- Plural: selves
- “Each moral career, and behind this, each self, occurs within the confines of an institutional system, whether a social establishment such as a mental hospital or a complex of personal and professional relationships. The self, then, can be seen as something that resides in the arrangements prevailing in a social system for its members. The self in this sense is not a property of the person to whom it is attributed, but dwells rather in the pattern of social control that is exerted in connection with the person by himself and those around him. This special kind of institutional arrangement does not so much support the self as constitute it” (Goffman 1961:168).
- Word origin of “self” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “self.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 24, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/self/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
self. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/self/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “self.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 24, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/self/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“self.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 24 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/self/>.