The Anthropology of Moralities

Un libro in lingua di Heintz Monica (EDT) edito da Berghahn Books, 2009

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The question of how far one should go in respecting the moral code of another culture is a hot button topic. Anthropologists of the past have judged the Other according to their own system. More recently, the topic has been avoided in favor of objective reporting of customs. In this volume Heintz (social anthropology, Max Planck Institute) and her colleagues use examples from post-communist Russia, North Vietnam, New Guinea, Africa and Uzbekistan to demonstrate the construction of moralities. Articles also address anthropological theory and how to fit morality studies into it. The role of anthropologists is to study and report on different cultures, including their own. Several authors mention that people see the morals of their own society as fluid and that of others as monolithic. While the moral dilemma of the observer will not be resolved any time soon, the realization of the diversity within the group studied as well as the variations from the perceived standard is an excellent starting place. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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