Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research

Handbook of the Sociology of Morality

Editors: Hitlin, Steven, Vaisey, Stephen (Eds.)

  • First Handbook to discuss sociology and morality
  • Includes contributions from psychologists, political scientists, education as well as sociologists
  • Reopens a field long ignored by sociology but becoming prominent again
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About this book

Human beings necessarily understand their social worlds in moral terms, orienting their lives, relationships, and activities around socially-produced notions of right and wrong.

Morality is sociologically understood as more than simply helping or harming others; it encompasses any way that individuals form understandings of what behaviors are better than others, what goals are most laudable, and what "proper" people believe, feel, and do. Morality involves the explicit and implicit sets of rules and shared understandings that keep human social groups intact. Morality includes both the "shoulds" and "should nots" of human activity, its proactive and inhibitive elements.

At one time, sociologists were centrally concerned with morality, issues like social cohesion, values, the goals and norms that structure society, and the ways individuals get socialized to reproduce those concerns. In the last half-century, however, explicit interest in these topics has waned, and modern sociology has become uninterested in these matters and morality has become marginalized within the discipline.

But a resurgence in the topic is happening in related disciplines – psychology, neurology, philosophy, and anthropology - and in the wider national discourse. Sociology has much to offer, but is not fully engaged in this conversation. Many scholars work on areas that would fall under the umbrella of a sociology of morality but do not self-identify in such a manner, nor orient their efforts toward conceptualizing what we know, and should know, along these dimensions.

The Handbook of the Sociology of Morality fills a niche within sociology making explicit the shared concerns of scholars across the disciplines as they relate to an often-overlooked dimension of human social life. It is unique in social science as it would be the first systematic compilation of the wider social structural, cultural, cross-national, organizational, and interactional dimension of human moral (understood broadly) thought, feeling, and behavior.

About the authors

Steve Hitlin received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is now Assistant Professor of sociology at the University of Iowa. His research interests include social psychology, self and identity, values, morality, social theory, life course studies and gender. His primary focus is on contributing to the sociology of morality, including building bridges between scholars and disciplines around this enterprise. In 2009, he received a grant from the National Science Foundation to host an interdisciplinary conference on the sociology of morality. His research focuses on various dimensions of the social shaping of individual moral orientations, as well as helping to establish the importance of moral dimensions for properly understanding social actors. His other research programs have looked at the development and social psychological nature of racial identities and attempts to empirically measure “human agency” to engage core sociological debates.

Table of contents (30 chapters)

  • Back to the Future

    Hitlin, Steven (et al.)

    Pages 3-14

  • The Cognitive Approach to Morality

    Boudon, Raymond

    Pages 15-33

  • Four Concepts of Morality

    Powell, Christopher

    Pages 35-56

  • Adumbrations of a Sociology of Morality in the Work of Parsons, Simmel, and Merton

    Levine, Donald N.

    Pages 57-71

  • The (Im)morality of War

    Tiryakian, Edward A.

    Pages 73-93

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Handbook of the Sociology of Morality
Editors
  • Steven Hitlin
  • Stephen Vaisey
Series Title
Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-6896-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-6896-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-6894-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-6895-1
Series ISSN
1389-6903
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 595
Number of Illustrations and Tables
17 b/w illustrations
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