Moral Laboratories: Family Peril and the Struggle for a Good Life

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Cheryl Mattingly - 2014 - 280 pages

ISBN: 0520281195, 9780520281196

Moral Laboratories is an engaging ethnography and a groundbreaking foray into the anthropology of morality. It takes us on a journey into the lives of African American families caring for children with serious chronic medical conditions, and it foregrounds the uncertainty that affects their struggle...s for a good life. Challenging depictions of moral transformation as possible only in moments of breakdown or in radical breaches from the ordinary, it offers a compelling portrait of the transformative powers embedded in day-to-day existence. From soccer fields to dinner tables, the everyday emerges as a moral laboratory for reshaping moral life. Cheryl Mattingly offers vivid and heart-wrenching stories to elaborate a first-person ethical framework, forcefully showing the limits of third-person renderings of morality.Ê

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Publisher: Univ of California Press

Subjects:

social science, anthropology, medical, health care delivery, sociology

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