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Emotions, Body and Self: Critiquing Moral Decline Sociology

Sociology-The Journal Of The British Sociological Association, 2013 Aug, Vol.47(4), pp.841-857 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Emotions, Body and Self: Critiquing Moral Decline Sociology
  • Author: Hookway, N
  • Found In: Sociology-The Journal Of The British Sociological Association, 2013 Aug, Vol.47(4), pp.841-857 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
  • Subjects: Ethics ; Morality ; Embarrassment ; Bauman, Zygmunt ; Policy, Planning, Forecasting; Sociology of Ethics & Ethical Decision Making ; Authenticity Bauman Body Decline Sociology Emotions Ethics Morality Self-Fulfilment ; Article
  • Language: English
  • Description: Morality is argued to be in a state of decline in the contemporary West. This article identifies two dominant strands of moral decline Sociology: the 'cultural pessimists' and the 'communitarians'. The article argues that these two dominant assessments of moral loss are underwritten by a set of assumptions concerning 'society' as the necessary source of morality and a disparaging view of emotion, body and self-authenticity culture. Drawing on Bauman, Ahmed, Irigaray and Taylor, the cultural pessimist and communitarian diagnoses of the moral present are critiqued as offering an overly pessimistic account of contemporary morality that ignores society as a 'morality-silencing' force and denies the ethical significance of self, emotions, body and therapeutic ideals of self-improvement and authenticity. [Reprinted by permission of Sage Publications Ltd., copyright BSA Publications Ltd.]
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0038-0385 ; DOI: 10.1177/0038038512453787

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