The Complex “I”: The Formation of Identity in Complex Systems

  title={The Complex “I”: The Formation of Identity in Complex Systems},
  author={Tanya de Villiers-Botha and Paul Cilliers},
When we deal with complex things, like human subjects or organizations, we deal with identity – that which makes a person or an organization what it is and distinguishes him/her/it from other persons or organizations, a kind of “self”. Our identity determines how we think about and interact with others. It will be argued in this chapter that the self is constituted relationally. Moreover, when we are in the realm of the self, we are always already in the realm of engaging with and mediating… CONTINUE READING

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