Ethnographies of Moral Reasoning: Living Paradoxes of a Global Age by K. SykesEthnographies of Moral Reasoning: Living Paradoxes of a Global Age by K. Sykes

Ethnographies of Moral Reasoning: Living Paradoxes of a Global Age

EditorK. Sykes, Karen

Hardcover | January 8, 2009

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These astute essays describe the way ordinary people value human relationships and reason through the commonplace contradictions of their local way of life in a global age, rather than measure the actions of their subjects as evidence of either universal rationality or shared cultural beliefs. Each contributor conveys the ways in which people challenge the ascribed moral standards of custom, religious belief, bureaucratic policies through passionate words such as anecdotes, joke, rumors, and gossip. By evaluating moral reasoning at a local level, contributors work to answer the question, what is a good life?   

Karen Sykes is Senior Lecturer of Anthropology, University of Manchester
Title:Ethnographies of Moral Reasoning: Living Paradoxes of a Global AgeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:216 pagesPublished:January 8, 2009Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230609813

ISBN - 13:9780230609815


Table of Contents

Residence * Valuers and Value: Words on an Uncommon Ground * Privatization--Catherine Alexander * Charity--Soumhya Venkatesan * Contestations of the Standards of Value * Custom--Keir Martin * Corruption--Alpa Shah * Moral Ambiguity and Paradoxes of Value * Fakes--Susanne Brandtstadter * Sacra-Karen Sykes * From Ethos to Pathos--C.A. Gregory

Editorial Reviews

"Anthropologists have become used to people's voices, 'analyses' even--this book breaks new ground by listening to 'arguments'.  Arguments over what's best or right, moments of doubt or paradox about what's worthwhile, conundrums that need reasoning through.  The approach is an enriching one, offering a novel purchase on the predicaments of social values in flux.”--Marilyn Strathern, Professor of Social Anthropology, Cambridge University.