Serial killing and the postmodern self

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Serial killing and the postmodern self

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dc.contributor.author King, Anthony en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2009-05-26T15:50:25Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T10:54:42Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T15:58:00Z
dc.date.issued 2006-08 en_GB
dc.description.abstract The self has been a consistently central theme in philosophy and the social sciences and, in the last decades of the 20th century, the fragmentation of the modern self has engendered extensive academic commentary. In order to contribute to current discussions about self, it is perhaps most effective to map the transformation of a single representation of the self in contemporary culture. As a cultural ‘flashpoint’, the serial killer could provide an apposite analytical focus. Drawing critically on Mark Seltzer's work on serial killers this article interprets serial killing as a form of commodified transgression. In contrast to the modern self, established through state-institutionalized routines, serial killers establish their identities through ecstatic intercourse. These acts of bodily and ethical transgression are facilitated by the use of commodities. In this way, the serial killer represents a self which is consistent with the colonization of interpersonal relations by multinational capital. The serial killer signifies the appearance of a postmodern self. en_GB
dc.identifier.citation 19(3), pp. 109-125 en_GB
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/0952695106066544 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/69020 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher SAGE Publications en_GB
dc.relation.url http://hhs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/19/3/109 en_GB
dc.relation.url http://hhs.sagepub.com/content/vol19/issue3/ en_GB
dc.subject Serial killing en_GB
dc.subject Murder en_GB
dc.subject Postmodernity en_GB
dc.subject Self en_GB
dc.subject Identity en_GB
dc.subject Consumption en_GB
dc.title Serial killing and the postmodern self en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.type Preprint en_GB
dc.date.available 2009-05-26T15:50:25Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T10:54:42Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T15:58:00Z
dc.identifier.issn 0952-6951 en_GB
dc.description © 2006 by SAGE Publications en_GB
dc.identifier.eissn 1461-720X en_GB
dc.identifier.journal History of the Human Sciences en_GB


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