As ubiquitous and influential as gossip is, it has been surprisingly downplayed as a topic of philosophical, psychological, and sociological investigation and debate. In this book, twenty-two scholars from several disciplines turn a professional eye to that much-maligned yet heavily practiced form of conversation. They consider gossip and humor, logic, morality, privacy, legal and medical issues, feminism, history, rumor, and reputation.
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The Vindication of Gossip
Indiscretion as a Saintly Virtue
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Andreas Capellanus attitudes behavior Ben-Ze'ev Chapter Christine de Pisan claim close friends concern constitute gossip conversation conveyed courtly love Decameron discourse discussion domain epistemology evaluation example fact feelings feminist functions gossip and rumor human humor idle important individual inquiry interaction interest intimate intrinsically valuable activity investigative gossip involved jokes knowledge laetrile Levin and Arluke likable lives Louise Collins low gossipers mass media means medical gossip Miss Marple moral motives nature of gossip negative Never 12 one's participants particular Peirce people's percent person pleasure privacy norms propensity scores psychological questionnaire relationship reputation Robert Post role Rosnow self-esteem sense share significant sisters slander sleeper effect social desirability society sociogram someone sorority subject matter talk targets of gossip tendency to gossip tion trivial truth typical gossip University of Haifa women