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A Sense of Self: The Work of Affirmation


reviewed by Michael Glassman — 2004

coverTitle: A Sense of Self: The Work of Affirmation
Author(s): Thomas J. Cottle
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, MA
ISBN: 1558493670 , Pages: 240, Year: 2003
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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.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 2, 2004, p. 378-381
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11186, Date Accessed: 9/25/2017 1:01:13 PM

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  • Michael Glassman
    The Ohio State University
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    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.
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