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A Cultural Sociology of Evil

Jeffrey C. Alexander

in The Meanings of Social Life: A Cultural Sociology

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195160840
eISBN:
9780199944156
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160840.003.0014
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter explores the concept of the cultural sociology of evil. It explains that for every effort to institutionalize comforting and inspiring images of the socially good and right, there is an ... More


On the Social Construction of Moral Universals: The “Holocaust” from War Crime to Trauma Drama

Jeffrey C. Alexander

in The Meanings of Social Life: A Cultural Sociology

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195160840
eISBN:
9780199944156
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160840.003.0012
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter explores the social creation of a cultural fact and evaluates the effects of this cultural fact on social and moral life. It analyses the creation of moral universals, focusing on the ... More


Denial, Dogma, and the Heroic Myth

karin lofthus carrington and susan griffin

in Transforming Terror: Remembering the Soul of the World

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520251021
eISBN:
9780520949454
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520251021.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Politics, Social Movements and Social Change

This chapter deals with denial, dogma, and the heroic myth; three subjects that are interconnected, both historically and psychologically. Jointly these habits and assumptions shape and limit ... More


Slavery and the Human Right to Evil

Kevin Bales

in Understanding Global Slavery: A Reader

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520245068
eISBN:
9780520932074
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520245068.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Politics, Social Movements and Social Change

The very act of slavery may be perceived as evil or not evil by both slaveholders and slaves. This chapter explores how our definitions of human rights are bound up with our ideas about evil. It ... More


The Perfect Crime

Stefan Timmermans

in Postmortem: How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226803982
eISBN:
9780226804002
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226804002.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

This chapter explores the professional practices that allow specific clusters of homicides to remain undetected or to become so-called perfect crimes. It defines perfect crimes as those crimes that ... More


To Flourish or Destruct: A Personalist Theory of Human Goods, Motivations, Failure, and Evil

Christian Smith

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780226231952
eISBN:
9780226232003
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226232003.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Social Theory

This book advances a personalist account of human beings to help us better understand and explain human persons, motivations, interests, and the social life to which they give rise. It offers an ... More


Freedom from want: 60 years on1

Michael Hill

in Social Policy Review 21: Analysis and debate in social policy, 2009

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9781847423733
eISBN:
9781447303480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781847423733.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Social Research and Statistics

This section of the book presents a three-part structure focusing on developments in the welfare state, a selection of chaPTERS commissioned from the Social Policy Association (SPA) annual ... More


Introduction

Christian Smith

in To Flourish or Destruct: A Personalist Theory of Human Goods, Motivations, Failure, and Evil

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780226231952
eISBN:
9780226232003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226232003.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Social Theory

In the introduction, the author presents the motivations behind the book’s inquiry: the need to make good sense of life and the world, the need to find a correct approach to human beings that will ... More


Understanding Failure, Destruction, and Evil

Christian Smith

in To Flourish or Destruct: A Personalist Theory of Human Goods, Motivations, Failure, and Evil

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780226231952
eISBN:
9780226232003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226232003.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Social Theory

The task of this last chapter is to show how a theory of motivations based on understanding humans as natural-good seekers can account for how and why people so often desire and act toward the bad, ... More


Cultures and contexts of complicity

Angie Ash

in Safeguarding older people from abuse: Critical contexts to policy and practice

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9781447305668
eISBN:
9781447311683
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447305668.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Gerontology and Ageing

This chapter considers the apparent complicity illustrated in a professional ‘turning a blind eye’ to poor or inadequate support to older people. Contextual influences on practice are discussed ... More


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