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Description - Love and Justice as Competences by Luc Boltanski

People care a great deal about justice. They protest and engage
in confrontations with others when their sense of justice is
affronted or disturbed. When they do this, they don?t
generally act in a strategic or calculating way but use arguments
that claim a general validity. Disputes are commonly regulated by
these ?regimes of justice? implicit in everyday social
life. But justice is not the only regime that governs action. There
are some actions that are selfless and gratuitous, and that belong
to what might be called a regime of ?peace? or
?love?. In the course of their everyday lives, people
constantly move back and forth between these two regimes, that of
justice and that of love. And everyone also has the capacity for
violence, which arises when the regulation of action within either
of these regimes breaks down.
In Love and Justice as Competences, Boltanski lays out
this highly original framework for analysing the action of
individuals as they pursue their day-to-day lives. The framework
outlined in this important book is the basis for the path-breaking
work that he has developed over the last twenty years ? work
that has examined the moral foundations of society in and through
the forms of everyday conflict. For anyone who wants to understand
what a critical sociology might mean today, this book is an
essential text.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780745649108
ISBN-10: 0745649106
Format: Paperback / softback
(227mm x 153mm x 27mm)
Pages: 328
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 22-Jun-2012
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Luc Boltanski

Luc Boltanski is Professor of Sociology at the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales, Paris

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