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Zygmunt Baumanís moral saint: reclaiming self in the sociology of morality


Hookway, N, Zygmunt Bauman's moral saint: reclaiming self in the sociology of morality, Acta Sociologica, 60, (4) pp. 358-367. ISSN 0001-6993 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0001699316688947


Zygmunt Baumanís sociology of morality signals an important new direction from the orthodoxy of Emile Durkheimís Ďsocietyí realised ethics. The first part of this paper defends Baumanís postmodern position as valuable in theorising the moral present, offering a sociological conception of the sources, strategies and experience of contemporary morality. The paper then shifts to a critique of Baumanís social theory of Ďbeing for the otherí, arguing that it misses the particular and embodied aspects of moral sociality and effaces the self in endless responsibility to the Other. It is suggested that a sociology of morality is needed which goes beyond Baumanís moral saint and provides conceptual space to theorise the self and cultures of authenticity and self-fulfilment.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Authenticity, Bauman, emotions, ethics, self, social theory, sociology of morality
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociological methodology and research methods
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Hookway, N (Dr Nicholas Hookway)
ID Code:115200
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-03-09
Last Modified:2018-07-18

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