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Ethnographies of Moral Reasoning

Living Paradoxes of a Global Age

  • Editors
  • Karen Sykes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. An Introduction to the Ethnography of Moral Reasoning

  3. Valuers and Value: Words on an Uncommon Ground

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Soumhya Venkatesan
      Pages 67-89
  4. Contestations of the Standards of Value

  5. Subaltern Reason, Moral Ambiguity, and Paradoxes of Value

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Susanne Brandtstädter
      Pages 139-160
  6. After Words

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. C. A. Gregory
      Pages 189-201
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 203-206

About this book


Rather than measure the actions of their subjects by reference to either universal rationality or cultural relativism, contributors in this volume describe ordinary people as they value human relationships and reason through the commonplace contradictions of their local way of life in a global age.


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About the authors

KAREN SYKES is Senior Lecturer of Anthropology, University of Manchester, UK.

Bibliographic information


"Anthropologists have become used to people's voices, 'analyses' even - this book breaks new ground by listening to 'arguments'. Arguments over what's best or right, moments of doubt or paradox about what's worthwhile, conundrums that need reasoning through. The approach is an enriching one,offering a novel purchase on the predicaments of social values in flux." - Marilyn Strathern, Professor of Social Anthropology, Cambridge University.