Description - Moral Culture by Professor Keith Tester
If sociology is about "society" must it not also be about morality? The identification between sociology and morality was clear cut in the 19th and early 20th centuries: Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Spencer and Veblen all dealt with moral issues. However, now the connections between sociology and moral concerns have become more tenuous. In this volume, the author examines what it means to be moral in contemporary social and cultural life. He takes the step of exploring what the massacres in the Balkans and Rwanda, the Holocaust and the slaughter of Vietnamese peasants at My Lai might mean to the relatively safe and secure individuals in the West. Increasingly in the West horror is experienced only through television and cinema screens and Tester looks at the moral possibilities and implications of this, and what it means to those who are its consumers. Tester also addresses the pressing concern of whether or not this is a time of moral decay. He uses a range of literature to explore these questions and develops his account around debates raised by Arendt, Simmel, Riesman and Bauman.
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Keith Tester is Professor of Social Theory at the University of Portsmouth. Author of The Inhuman Condition (Routledge, 1995); The Life and Times of Postmodernity (Routledge, 1993); Civil Society (Routledge, 1992); Two Sovereigns: Social Contradictions of European Modernity (Routledge, 1992); Animals and Society (Routledge, 1991), this book was winner of the Philip Abrams Prize; and editor of The Flaneur (Routledge, 1994).