A Sense of Self: The Work of Affirmationreviewed by Michael Glassman — 2004
Thomas J. Cottle’s A Sense of Self is an
extraordinary and yet frustrating book about the human condition.
In some ways the book does not hang together; there is no real
narrative thread, just one idea piled on top of the other.
Sometimes the ideas follow each other brilliantly, and yet
sometimes they just seem to dangle at the edge of a thought,
tottering on a precipice of incoherence as the author quickly moves
on to his next impression.
At the same time many of Cottle’s ideas are so compelling,
so bound up in humanity that they pull you back in, convince you
that you are reading something important: important to you,
important to the person sitting next to you, important a stranger
you will sit next to on a bus later that afternoon. I would often
put down the book in frustration, only to come back to it either
moments or days later because something I had... (preview truncated at 150 words.) Title:
A Sense of Self: The Work of AffirmationAuthor(s):
Thomas J. Cottle Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, MAISBN:
1558493670 , Pages:
2003Search for book at Amazon.com
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- Michael Glassman
The Ohio State University
MICHAEL GLASSMAN is currently Associate Professor of Human Development at the Ohio State University. He is interested in the intersection of development and education, as well as the role of democracy in the classroom. His recent publications include "Dewey and Vygotsky: Society, experience and inquiry in educational practice," in Educational Researcher, 30, 3-14.