Morality, Society and Culture

Morality, Society and Culture

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The Morality, Society and Culture series publishes rigorous scholarly work exploring how questions of what we should do and how we ought to live are expressed and practised in contemporary social relationships and culture. How do ideas about what is right and good shape action and identities? Can cultural texts such as films, television, literature and art be guides for living? What do often abstract moral values mean in daily life? This series explores how and to what effect questions of meaning, identity and action are inextricably entwined with contemporary social and cultural forms, texts and relationships. The books in this series offer new understandings of the connection of morality, society and culture.


Keith Tester is Professor at The Thesis Eleven Centre for Cultural Sociology at LaTrobe University, Australia and Senior Fellow at the Centrum Myśli Jana Pawła II, Warsaw, Poland. He is the author of Humanitarianism and Modern Culture, Panic, Eric Rohmer: Film as Theology, Moral Culture, The Social Thought of Zygmunt Bauman, and Animals and Society, co-author of Conversations with Zygmunt Bauman and What Use is Sociology? and co-editor of Utopia: Social Theory and the Future.

  • Everyday Moralities: Doing it Ourselves in an Age of Uncertainty book cover

    Everyday Moralities

    Doing it Ourselves in an Age of Uncertainty, 1st Edition

    By Nicholas Hookway

    From concerns of dwindling care and kindness for others to an excessive concern with self and consumerism, plenty of evidence has been provided for the claim that morality is in decline in the West, yet little is known about how people make-sense of and experience their everyday moral lives. This…

    Hardback – 2019-05-03 
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    Morality, Society and Culture

  • Cosmologies of the Anthropocene: Panpsychism, Animism, and the Limits of Posthumanism book cover

    Cosmologies of the Anthropocene

    Panpsychism, Animism, and the Limits of Posthumanism, 1st Edition

    By Arne Johan Vetlesen

    This book engages with the classic philosophical question of mind and matter, seeking to show its altered meaning and acuteness in the era of the Anthropocene. Arguing that matter, and, more broadly, the natural world, has been misconceived since Descartes, it explores the devastating impact that…

    Hardback – 2019-04-03 
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    Morality, Society and Culture

  • Making a Living, Making a Life: Work, Meaning and Self-Identity book cover

    Making a Living, Making a Life

    Work, Meaning and Self-Identity, 1st Edition

    By Sara James

    In a world in which individuals will undergo multiple career changes, is it possible any longer to conceive of a job as a meaningful vocation? Against the background of fragmentation and rationalisation of work, this book explores the significance and meaning of work in contemporary life, raising…

    Paperback – 2019-01-17
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  • The Anxiety of Ascent: Middle-Class Narratives in Germany and America book cover

    The Anxiety of Ascent

    Middle-Class Narratives in Germany and America, 1st Edition

    By Scott Doidge

    This intriguing book re-evaluates a narrative of cultural decline that developed in the wake of Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. For Weber, and a group of influential sociologists that followed, Western modernity is marked by growing disenchantment with the beliefs and…

    Hardback – 2018-08-31
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  • Metaphysical Sociology: On the Work of John Carroll book cover

    Metaphysical Sociology

    On the Work of John Carroll, 1st Edition

    Edited by Sara James

    This volume critically engages with the work of the acclaimed Australian sociologist John Carroll. It makes the argument for a metaphysical sociology, which Carroll has proposed should focus on the questions of fundamental existence that confront all humans: ‘Where do I come from?’, ‘What should I…

    Hardback – 2018-05-03
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    Morality, Society and Culture

  • Sociological Noir: Irruptions and the Darkness of Modernity book cover

    Sociological Noir

    Irruptions and the Darkness of Modernity, 1st Edition

    By Kieran Flanagan

    Contrary to secular claims regarding the expulsion of religion, modernity does in fact produce unprecedented forms whose understanding re-casts the relationships between sociology and theology. This book explores ‘irruptions’ which disturb modernity from without: fragments or deposits of history…

    Paperback – 2018-04-27
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    Morality, Society and Culture