Some theorists understand the self as constituted by power relations, while others insist upon the self's autonomous capacities
for critical reflection and deliberate self-transformation. All too often, these understandings of the self are assumed to
be incompatible. Amy Allen, however, argues that the capacity for autonomy is rooted in the very power relations that constitute
the self. Her theoretical framework illuminates both aspects of what she calls, following Foucault, the "politics of our selves."
It analyzes power in all its depth and complexity, including the complicated phenomenon of subjection, without giving up on
the ideal of autonomy. Drawing on original and critical readings of a diverse group of theorists, Allen shows how the self
can be both constituted by power and capable of an autonomous self-constitution.