Mobility and Transience for the Late Modern Self as Sojourner: The Fragmentation of Self-actualization

By Jennifer Reilly.

Published by The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies

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Society has gone toward a fixed reflexivity and from inward reflexivity toward relational reflexivity. There is a heightened self-priority, which I label celebrity cult syndrome. I also discuss the situation of false intimacy, modern higher fragmentation. Instead of basic needs, including love and belonging, according to Maslow’s triangle, these have been downgraded and shoved to the top along with finding oneself, delayed in priority of self-construct. This inter-effective cycle of structure>consumption>identity>structure can be argued as the new self-actualization in Western society. I address the conflict of structural coherence in self-internal reflexivity. Finally, external mobility is illustrated by performance identity’s confliction with the need for affiliation.

Keywords: Mobility, Self-actualization, Late Modernity, Fragmentation

The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 227.722KB).

Jennifer Reilly

Master's Graduate, Non-degree Student, Substitute Teacher, Conference Musician, and Independent Singer / Songwriter, Dragonfly Ministries, North Shore and Deerfield School Districts, University of Illinois at Chicago, Highwood, USA

Ms. Reilly graduated with a Masters of communication and culture from Trinity International University in 2010, where instructors taught how to interact with issues pertaining to culture, religion and ethics. Her areas of interest include gender issues, as well as media ecology and interpersonal communication. Research for her Master’s project focused on the current cultural landscape of transience and mobility, and the need for stability and intimacy. In 2009 she worked as an intern at South Florida’s largest Christian Radio Station REACH FM, created and hosted a weekly flashback feature, and conducted an afternoon segment on the inhibitions of mediated communication devices. She was able to gain international teaching experience in 2008 in a community in Osaka, Japan, teaching English.