The Ethnography of Moralities

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Focusing on the social construction of morality, The Ethnography of Moralities discusses a topic which is complex but central to the study and nature of anthropology. With the recent shift towards an interest in indigenous notions of self and personhood, questions pertaining to the moral and ethical origins of beliefs relating to human rights become increasingly relevant.
Some of the questions that the contributors address are:
* How is the ethical knowledge grounded?
* Which social domains most profoundly articulate moral values and which are most affected?
* Who defines and who enforces what is right and wrong?
* What constitutes an ethical breach?
Suggested answers are made with reference to empirical material so that the complexities and varieties of theoretical and methodological issues are highlighted. They are also discussed with reference to a wide array of ethnographic studies from Argentina, Mongolia, Melanesia, Yemen, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Britain and The Old Testament.

 

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Contents

Exemplars and rules aspects of the discourse of moralities in Mongolia
25
I lied I farted I stole dignity and morality in African discourses on personhood
48
The morality of locality on the absolutism of landownership in an English village
74
The moralities of Argentinian football
98
Double standards
127
Inside an exhausted community an essay on casereconstructive research about peripheral and other moralities
152
The troubles of virtue values of violence and suffering in a Mexican context
178
Eve ethics and the feminine principle in the second and third chapters of Genesis
203
Index
229
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