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The moral self: class, narcissism and the problem of do-it-yourself moralities


Hookway, N, The moral self: class, narcissism and the problem of do-it-yourself moralities, The Sociological Review, 66, (1) pp. 107-121. ISSN 0038-0261 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0038026117699540


This article is a qualitative exploration of how contemporary morality is understood and constructed using Australian blog and interview data. A key finding is that the bloggers articulate morality as an actively created and autonomous do-it-yourself project that prioritises the subjective authority and authenticity of the self. While the blog stories do lend support to charges of narcissism, this is partly a product of bloggers misidentifying their own evaluative practices. In the interview accounts they tend to describe morality in subjectivist terms I do what I believe/think/feel is right but in their blogged accounts, they highlight a relational and responsive morality which attends to the Other and the situation. Further, the article highlights how the bloggers are producing a particular classed model of selfhood and moral reflexivity where they have access to the resources to self-tell as choosing and self-responsible subjects.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:authenticity, blogs, class, ethics, morality, moral reflexivity, self, self-telling
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Hookway, N (Dr Nicholas Hookway)
ID Code:115477
Year Published:2018 (online first 2017)
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-03-28
Last Modified:2022-08-29

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