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Everyday Moralities: Doing it Ourselves in an Age of Uncertainty


Hookway, N, Everyday Moralities: Doing it Ourselves in an Age of Uncertainty, Routledge, Oxon, pp. 154. ISBN 9781472481504 (2019) [Authored Research Book]

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Copyright 2019 Nicholas Hookway

DOI: doi:10.4324/9781315581347


From concerns of dwindling care and kindness for others to an excessive concern with self and consumerism, plenty of evidence has been provided for the claim that morality is in decline in the West, yet little is known about how people make-sense of and experience their everyday moral lives. This insightful book asks how late-modern subjects construct, understand and experience morality in a context of moral uncertainty. With a focus on two areas of morality and human conduct love and intimacy, and the human treatment of animals the author draws on the work of Bauman, Ahmed, Irigaray, Foucault and Taylor to construct an innovative theoretical synthesis, which is combined with new empirical material drawn from online diaries or blogs to examine the complex and intriguing ways that contemporary subjects narrate and experience everyday moral-decision-making. Providing theoretical and empirical insights into the contemporary production of morality and selfhood in late-modernity, Everyday Moralities sheds new light on the ways in which people morally navigate a changing social world and advances sociology beyond models of narcissism, moral loss and community breakdown. As such, it makes an important contribution to an underdeveloped area of the discipline, explicitly addressing the everyday ways morality is lived and practiced in a climate of moral ambiguity.

Item Details

Item Type:Authored Research Book
Keywords:morality, ethics, identity, self, social theory, love, animals
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social change
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Ethics
Objective Field:Social ethics
UTAS Author:Hookway, N (Dr Nicholas Hookway)
ID Code:134786
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-09-05
Last Modified:2020-09-14

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