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Thinking the individual as form of individuation

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Author(s): Samuel Mateus

Journal: Estudos em Comunicação
ISSN 1646-4974

Volume: 10;
Start page: 93;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Individuation | Individualism | Elias | Simmel

ABSTRACT
In this paper we will ponder the problem of the individualism through the individuation, pointing out the implications on the idea of “individual”. It attempts to find a theoretical way that allows a broader understanding of its role in human societies It will be suggested that the emphasis placed by modernity in the individual can be evaluated, not as a solipsist individualism, but as a figurational form specific of social contexts characterized by a wide objectivation of the social tissue. That means that beside individualism we can think individualizations through the seminal setting of individuation. This hypothesis is already insinuated in the German sociological thought, in particular, in the sociology of the social forms of Georg Simmel and in the process sociology of Norbert Elias.
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