In his review of “Inner Speech and the Dialogical Self” Randall Collins (University of Pennsylvania) writes that Nobert Wiley “rejects the Durkheim/Goffman line of argument that the self is a socially created symbol and a social performance, and hence, there is no self apart from society. For Wiley, the self is deeply private, and no societalization can take this away however much it adds to it.” Whilst many sociologists argue that inner speech cannot be reliably studied, Collins’ review suggests that Wiley’s book offers plenty of reasons for sociologists to turn to inner speech because “the more we know about inner speech, the more we know how to ask fruitful questions.”
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