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Categorization and the Moral Order (Routledge Revivals)

ISBN 9781138014510
Published July 13, 2015 by Routledge
288 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1984, this is a study of categorization practices: how people categorize each other and their actions; how they describe, infer, and judge. The book presents a sociological analysis and description of practical activities and makes a cogent contribution to the study of how the moral order actually works in practical communicative contexts. Among the issues dealt with are: collectivity categorizations, the organization of lists and descriptions, moral attribution and inferences, and the relationship between standards of morality and standards of rationality.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements;  Introduction;  1. Membership Categorizations  2. The Social Organization of Categorial Incumbency  3. Lists, Categorizations and Descriptions  4. Category-Occasioned Transformations  5. Category-Generated Problems and Some Solutions  6. Ways of Describing  7. The Inferential Environment of Hierarchies and Contrasts  8. Rationality, Practice and Morality;  Appendix 1: Harvey Sacks on Categorization: An Overview;  Appendix 2: Scarman Tribunal Data;  Appendix 3: Hell’s Angels Data;  Appendix 4: Social Enquiry Reports Data;  Appendix 5;  Appendix 6: Group Therapy Data;  Notes;  Subject Index;  Name Index

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