Selfishness and Selflessness: New Approaches to Understanding Morality - WYSE Series in Social Anthropology (Hardback)
  • Selfishness and Selflessness: New Approaches to Understanding Morality - WYSE Series in Social Anthropology (Hardback)
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Selfishness and Selflessness: New Approaches to Understanding Morality - WYSE Series in Social Anthropology (Hardback)

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Hardback 244 Pages
Published: 09/04/2020
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We are said to be suffering a narcissism epidemic when the need for collective action seems more pressing than ever. The traits of Selfishness and selflessness address the ‘proper’ and ‘improper’ relationship between one’s self and others. The work they do during periods of social instability and cultural change is probed in this original, interdisciplinary collection. Contributions range from an examination of how these concepts animated the eighteenth-century anti-slavery campaigners to a dissection of the way middle-class mothers’ experiences illustrate gendered struggles over how much and to whom one is morally obliged to give.

Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 9781789205497
Number of pages: 244
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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“This is a fascinating and timely collection that throws a much-needed light on the idea and practice of selfishness and selflessness. In so doing, it follows the moral turn in the humanities and the social sciences to its logical conclusion: the writing of a social history and an ethnography of moralities.” • Mark Roodhouse, University of York

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