Re: Selfin' Others

Maria Swora (mswo_ltd@UHURA.CC.ROCHESTER.EDU)
Sat, 4 Nov 1995 17:15:39 -0500

Hi John,

Thanks for your considered contribution to this thread. I envy you the
seminar - it sounds great.

Have you seen some of the work of Grace Harris on person and self? She makes
an analytical distinction between person and self that I find useful. While
the self is defined as the locus of experience and internal processes such
as thought/cognition, memory, emotion, and so on, the person is defined as
an agent having publicly recognized capacities to act and interact in
society. "Self" is a psychologistic concept; "person" is a sociologistic
one. I wonder if so much of American cultural anthropology is concerned
with selves (as opposed to persons) because of the psychologistic bias of
contemporary American culture? Just a thought.

Maria Swora
Dept Anthropology
University of Rochester,
Rochester NY 14627