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The Culture of Ethics

What is ethics? Is it a system of transcendent moral imperatives or can it be produced by ordinary people in everyday life? Do the daily rules of interaction constitute a code of ethics? In The Culture of Ethics, renowned anthropologists Franco La Cecla and Piero Zanini address these questions in a series of thought-provoking reflections that draw their inspiration from diverse sources, ranging from fieldwork in Papua New Guinea to cinematic depictions of the Ten Commandments.
An engaging and accessible contribution to the emerging area of interest in “ordinary ethics,” The Culture of Ethics explores what anthropology has to offer on the question of how we ought to live.

119 pages | 4 1/2 x 7 | © 2013

Anthropology: Cultural and Social Anthropology

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“A work of charming and (one lengthy citation of Bourdieu aside) accessible prose [that] . . . offers ample opportunities for productive conversation.”

Anthropological Quarterly

Table of Contents

1. It Happens When You Travel

2. The Rules for Doing Nothing

3. Other People’s Rules

4. There’s Someone Knocking at the Door

5. Turbulent Hearts

6. An Ordinary Ethics

7. Is It Really a Morality?

8. What Sort of Morality Is This?

9. A Parenthesis

10. Taboos

11. Cambia, todo cambia

12. Lágrimas, tormentos

13. Other Torments (More Familiar This Time)

14. A Question of Scale: Still the Local Mind?

15. Rights: Human?

16. Ordinary Ethics and Aesthetics

17. Impertinence

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