Self, other and other-Self: Going beyond the self/other binary in contemporary consciousness [Full text]
Sami Schalk 
Abstract: Primarily relying on the work of W.E.B. Du Bois and Niklas Luhmann, this article discusses the effects of the mass media on contemporary consciousness, identity and self/other relations. This article proposes an approach to the self/other binary which opens up the possibilities for relations between individuals by including a third term, the other-self, which allows for a fluid, contextualized understanding of the self in a spectrum of relatedness to others in any given moment.
Keywords: Self/other binary, identity, relationality, mass media
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