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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: November 2019

1 - The Concept of the Relational Self


This chapter explores the concept of the relational self. It contrasts it with the traditional understanding of the indivdiualised self. It argues that the model of the relational self captures the sense that our identity, language and ways of understanding the world come from our relationships. It explores how the law has been based on an individualised self through, for example, emphasising autonomy. It argues that the law should adopt a relational understanding of the self.

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